Fran­chot warns tax­pay­ers of phone scam

Maryland Independent - - News -

Maryland Comp­trol­ler Peter Fran­chot (D) warns tax­pay­ers to stay vig­i­lant and safe­guard their per­sonal in­for­ma­tion by be­ing alert to a new phone scam aimed at scar­ing peo­ple into pay­ing money.

A tax­payer alerted the agency’s Com­pli­ance Di­vi­sion Fri­day morn­ing that he had re­ceived two sus­pi­cious phone calls sup­pos­edly from the Comp­trol­ler’s Of­fice and threat­en­ing ar­rest if he didn’t pay his tax bill. Field En­force­ment agents are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the phone num­bers pro­vided by the tax­payer.

Nei­ther the Comp­trol­ler’s Of­fice nor the In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice calls tax­pay­ers and ask for per­sonal in­for­ma­tion or So­cial Se­cu­rity num­bers.

The Comp­trol­ler’s Of­fice warns tax­pay­ers to also not re­ply to emails re­quest­ing con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing So­cial Se­cu­rity num­bers, birth dates, salary in­for­ma­tion and home ad­dresses. Im­me­di­ately con­tact the em­ployer if a res­i­dent re­ceives an email ask­ing for a copy of their W-2 form. Call 1-800-MD-TAXES or email md­comptroller@ comp.state.md.us.

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