PRESS RELEASE – (from PATreasury.gov) – The Pennsylvania Treasury today issued a warning about a phone scam targeting state residents. As part of the scam, callers fraudulently claiming to be from Treasury threaten to arrest residents if they don’t immediately provide credit card or other financial information to pay unpaid state taxes.
The Pennsylvania Treasury does not collect taxes or seek payments via phone and has no authority to arrest individuals. In addition, any services that Treasury provides to the public including processing unclaimed property are free of charge. Anyone receiving a suspicious call or email should terminate contact immediately and refrain from sharing personal financial information, including bank account or credit card numbers. Please report any suspicious calls to the local authorities.
The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is responsible for collecting state taxes and can be contacted directly at 717-787-8201 to determine if a tax issue is legitimate. Tips on preventing identity fraud on can be found at http://www.revenue.pa.gov. From the left-side menu, select “Get Assistance”, then “ID Theft Prevention and Victim Assistance.”