Albany, N.Y. - The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is alerting the public that there is a scam out there.
Authorities say fake letters are being sent out demanding immediate payment for a tax debt and threaten revoking, passports and driver licenses if the ignored. The letter states the person needs to respond by a certain date, and provides an 888 number to call to avoid having personal property levied and sold.
The Taxation Department says they always work with taxpayers who have existing tax debt, such as a payment agreement to resolve any issues and never threaten arrest or revoking passports.
“This is a common scam in which the recipient is threatened out of the blue with punitive action unless payment-in this case, $12,444 -is made immediately,” said New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Michael Schmidt.
You can see a copy of one of these scam letters by clicking on this link.