Tax Collector Gannon Warns Public of Sweepstakes Scam
West Palm Beach, Fla. – Tax Collector Anne M. Gannon warns about a sweepstakes scam that is targeting Palm Beach County taxpayers, who could lose thousands of dollars if they fall victim to the fraud. The scammers are targeting potential victims by sending them communication which resembles this agency’s official letterhead, requesting the “winner” pay a tax or fee on their so-called “prize.”
The communication identifies the Tax Collector as an agent of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). IRS forms are attached to the letter with instructions for the taxpayer to pay the fee.
Tax Collector Gannon is not an agent of the IRS and will never send communication to taxpayers in conjunction with IRS forms. If anyone receives this type of communication, Tax Collector Gannon urges them to report it immediately by contacting her agency’s call center at (561) 355-2264.
“Protecting the taxpayers of Palm Beach County from this type of crime is critically important,” said Gannon. “This scam can be extremely convincing, especially to our senior citizens.”
Gannon reminds taxpayers that legitimate sweepstake contests will never ask you to pay a fee or tax to collect a prize. In addition, Gannon urges taxpayers to protect their personal information. Do not give social security numbers, bank account information or other personal data unless you are absolutely sure of the caller’s identity and authenticity.
What to do if you think you have been targeted:
File a police report with your local law enforcement office.
File a report with the FBI’s local field office by calling 754-703-2000.
File a report with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by downloading a form from their website here: https://www.irs.gov/individuals/how-do-you-report-suspected-tax-fraud-activity
Contact the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP.
For more information and updates, please visit www.pbctax.com, Twitter and Instagram (@TAXPBC).
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|Contact:||Anne Gannon, Constitutional Tax Collector|