Marylanders are being warned about a fake collections agency that’s attempting to steal from taxpayers.
According to Comptroller Peter Franchot, scammers are using publicly-available information about liens to notify people by letter that they are a collections agency operating on behalf of the Comptroller of Maryland. Franchot said the letter is not legitimate, and anyone who receives one is asked to contact the office.
“Unfortunately, nefarious criminals are always searching for new and devious ways to defraud innocent taxpayers, and the pandemic has only accelerated their efforts,” Franchot said. “My advice to taxpayers is remain vigilant and always confirm the legitimacy of letters or emails requesting certain information or seeking payment. In short, better safe than sorry.”
The Comptroller’s Office also maintains a list of blocked tax preparers: CLICK HERE
More than two-million Maryland tax returns have already been processed, and 1.4-million taxpayers so far are due for a refund.