Geared toward Michigan taxpayers with past-due tax debts, the scam sends a government-looking letter about overdue tax bills asking the taxpayer to immediately contact a toll-free number to resolve tax debt or face asset seizure. Appearing to be legit, the correspondence uses specific personal facts about the outstanding debt pulled from publicly available information to lure taxpayers to send money to criminals.
The state Treasury Department notes it does send correspondence through the U.S. Postal Service that outlines your debt-resolution options and your taxpayer rights. However, taxpayers who receive a letter from a scammer or have questions about their state debts should call Treasury’s Collections Service Center at 1-866-218-7224. A customer service representative can log the scam, verify outstanding state debts and provide flexible payment options.