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Tax Collector Gannon Warns Taxpayers of Possible Scam

West Palm Beach, Fla. – Anne M. Gannon, Constitutional Tax Collector serving Palm Beach County, today warned the public to be alert to a possible scam targeting taxpayers. The scam was confirmed earlier this week by the Okaloosa County Tax Collector’s Office.

According to Ben Anderson, Okaloosa County Tax Collector, taxpayers received letters on letterhead resembling his agency’s official letterhead. The letters identified the Okaloosa County Tax Collector as an agent of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Multiple IRS forms were attached to the letter with instructions for the tax payer to return the completed forms with certified funds.

“Protecting the citizens of Palm Beach County from this type of crime is critically important,” said Gannon. “Although we have not seen this scam in our county, I want to make sure taxpayers are aware. This scam can be  extremely convincing, especially to our senior citizens.”

Anne M. Gannon, Constitutional Tax Collector serving Palm Beach County, is not an agent of the IRS and will never send letters to taxpayers in conjunction with IRS forms. If anyone receives this type of letter, Tax Collector Gannon urges them to report it immediately by contacting her agency’s call center at (561) 355-2264.

“I take these types of threats very seriously and will work with local law enforcement if I find this happening here in Palm Beach County,” said Gannon.

Release Date: 
Friday, August 11, 2017
Contact Information: 
Contact: Anne Gannon, Constitutional Tax Collector
  (561) 355-4271
jdubois@pbctax.com

 

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