MD Comptroller Warns Taxpayers Of New Phone Scam - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

MD Comptroller Warns Taxpayers Of New Phone Scam

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MARYLAND - Comptroller Peter Franchot alerted taxpayers today about a new phone solicitation scam aimed at getting taxpayers' money and personal information.

According to reports, officials from the Bureau of Fiscal Service are reporting incidents of taxpayers receiving phone calls from individuals claiming to be employees of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

The phone scammers reportedly tell taxpayers they have been awarded money from the Treasury department and that the funds can be retrieved by wiring funds to a Western Union account. There also are reportedly unrelated scams sent via emails announcing lottery sweepstakes, solicitations for debt relief and notification of delinquent federal debts.

"Any government agency, the IRS and my Comptroller's Office is never going to communicate with someone via e-mail for personal information, that should just be a blinking red light for anyone who gets one of those," says Comptroller Franchot. "It's a big problem."

If you have received a suspicious call or email, Treasury officials ask that you forward the emails to TOP.Customer.Service@fms.treas.gov or fax them to (855)-292-9700.

If you have received a phone call or email like this, the Comptroller says you can also call 1-800-MD-TAXES or email his office at mdcomptroller@comp.state.md.us as soon as possible.

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