Franchot warns taxpayers of phone scam
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.