Indiana Department of Revenue is warning of a tax scam.
The fake letter appears official, asks residents to call a 1-800 number, and threatens property seizure if a bill isn’t paid.
Michelle Cain, a Department of Revenue spokeswoman, says checking with the department or county office is the best way to check if a letter is legitimate.
“One of the first things to look for is do they actually have any of your taxpayer information,” Cain says. “The one notice that we saw here did not have any information that would indicate that they actually knew about your tax account.”
The Department of Revenue warns to not call the phone number on the fake letter. If the number is called, a scammer will offer to help lower the alleged debt owed through a law firm and ask detailed financial questions. Then they ask for prompt payment through credit card or e-check.
The department of revenue will send out real tax bills next month. The Indiana Department of Revenue can be reached at 317-232-2240.