Colorado – Potential Telephone and Email Scams Regarding State Taxes

Salt Report 3564 -The Colorado Department of Revenue would like to alert taxpayers of a possible telephone scam from a party fraudulently representing themselves as the Colorado Department of Revenue. The caller may identify themselves as “State Tax Investigation Department.” They will state that you may have a legal case file against your name and Social Security number, have violated banking regulations, or have cheated on tax credits. They will ask you to wire them a large sum of money, usually through a convenience store debit/credit card and will require you not to tell anyone or take the matter to court.

The Colorado Department of Revenue DOES NOT contact taxpayers over the telephone and ask for credit card numbers through a prepaid debit/credit card to pay outstanding balances.  Email messages from the State of Colorado Department of Revenue never have personally identifiable or financial information in the messages.

If you receive or your client receives a telephone call or email message telling you state tax is owed and you are suspicious about the party who is contacting you, you may report it to the Criminal Tax Investigation Section.

Further Information:

Potential Telephone and Email Scams regarding state taxes February 17, 2015