The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is warning residents of a tax scam involving letters being sent through the mail.
Phony letters are being sent to taxpayers through the mail threatening wage garnishment and seizure of property unless the recipient calls a phone number to make payment. The “Final Demand for Payment” letters closely resemble names of a collection agency or a state taxing agency.
“We want Pennsylvanians to remember four simple words — don’t take the bait. Take a moment to think over the situation and make sure that you’re taking the proper steps to ensure that any notice you receive in the mail is legitimate,” Acting Revenue Secretary Pat Browne said in a Feb. 6 press release. “We have received many reports on this scam that involves fraudulent notices. This is a common time of the year for scam artists to impersonate a government agency to victimize hard-working Pennsylvanians.”
The Department of Revenue lists several things to look out for, including letters with no return address and generic letters without any specific information about the taxpayer’s account.