State issues warning about tax scammers

With income tax season finished, most Minnesotans are looking ahead to summer fun and vacations.

However, scammers don’t take vacations and are still trying to steal personal information and money from unsuspecting taxpayers. The Minnesota Department of Revenue warns Minnesotans to beware of email and telephone scams attempting to steal their personal information.

When contacting you the department will never:
Demand immediate payment without first mailing a letter.
Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
Threaten to call the police or other law enforcement agencies to arrest you for not paying.


Suspicious phone calls — If you are concerned about a potentially fraudulent contact by an individual or an organization representing themselves as being from the Minnesota Department of Revenue, please contact: 651-296-3781 or 1-800-652-9094. An authorized Minnesota Department of Revenue staff member will be able to determine if the contact you received was legitimate. The department will never threaten to use law enforcement.

Suspicious emails, or “Phishing” — Phishing (as in “fishing for information” and “hooking” victims) is a scam involving the distribution of e-mail messages to trick taxpayers into revealing personal and financial information which can be used to steal the taxpayer’s identity. Use caution and NEVER provide personal information unless you are absolutely sure the situation is legitimate. The Minnesota Department of Revenue will never ask you to provide, update, or verify personal information through unsolicited emails. Do NOT respond to such emails and contact us with questions or concerns.

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