The Bernalillo County Treasurer warns residents of an ongoing scam in which tax notices sent to residents threaten to have property seized. The letters claim to be from the “Tax Processing Unit” with “Bernalillo County County” and state that the federal tax authorities are seeking funds, and without prompt payment, taxpayers will have their properties immediately seized. The scam notification claims the recipients owe nearly $3,500 in unpaid taxes. No deadline date, contact information, or address to send payments are provided. The bogus document reads it is from “Bernalillo County County” which is clearly a mistake. Taxpayers should call the Bernalillo County Treasurer’s Office at 505-468-7031 or visit: www.bernco.gov/Treasurer with any questions about their tax bill.
Tax season is approaching and employers are issuing W-2s in anticipation. With the onset of Tax Day, phishing scam attempts aimed at identity theft and tax refund theft are on the rise. There is a wide variety of tax-related scam and phishing attempts out there, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers many resources to combat them. To learn about the many scams going around and how you can protect your information and money, visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-scams-consumer-alerts
The following is a reprint from the Office of Neighborhood Coordination September 8th Weekly eNews.
Contact Tracer Scams on the Upswing in Albuquerque – Be Alert!
Contact tracer scam attempts related to COVID-19 are on the uprise in Albuquerque and residents are asked to be aware. If you are called by someone claiming to be a contact tracer asking for certain personal information, be aware that a legitimate contact tracer WILL NOT ask for the following information:
- A credit card number
- A Social Security number
- Any type of payment
- Immigrant status
You may be asked for your date of birth to confirm your identity, however. If you’ve been contacted by a scammer, report it online to the Albuquerque Police Department immediately. You can file a report online at: https://www.cabq.gov/police/file-a-police-report-online