Knutsson, often known as "The CyberGuy," explained that as Americans start to receive Child Tax Credit payments from the IRS, "online criminals are amping up their dirty tricks."
"The scam is fooling people to click a malicious link that leads to a fake IRS website," he said on FOX Business’ "Mornings with Maria" Friday. "Another version of the same scam sends you to a message appearing to originate from the secretary of the Treasury. It asks the victim to complete an eligibility form – the whole thing is bogus."
The IRS warned taxpayers about a growing number of these scams in July when the agency had just begun sending Child Tax Credit payments to qualified households.
Knutsson also highlighted other "red flags" to keep an eye out for including, copyright infringement notices, messages about helping you stop subscription fees, messaged from friends that seem to be in a different tone or cadence and confirmation emails that lead you to divulge personal information.
Knutsson told host Maria Bartiromo that the best thing for Americans to do when in doubt is to go directly to the source instead of following a link in a suspicious message.
"A completely legit IRS portal has been created that lets you choose to receive a lump sum in 2022 versus those monthly payments of $300," he said regarding Child Tax Credit payments. "Right now, there's a process to confirm your identity."