From staff reports
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella is warning residents about a telephone scam in which scammers portray themselves as Treasury employees threatening victims with arrest if they don’t immediately pay unpaid taxes.
“Actual Treasury employees would never threaten Pennsylvanians or victimize them. This is a fraud that is being perpetrated by criminals seeking to exploit our friends and neighbors,” said Torsella. “I want to ensure that Pennsylvanians are aware of this scam, so they can take precautionary measures to protect themselves.”
The Pennsylvania Treasury doesn’t collect taxes or seek payments by telephone and has no arresting authority. In addition, any services that Treasury provides to the public including processing unclaimed property, are offered free of charge.
Anyone receiving a suspicious call should cease contact immediately and refrain from sharing personal financial information, including bank account or credit card numbers.
People may report any suspicious calls to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, Bureau of Consumer Protection at (800) 441-2555 or email@example.com.
The state 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.
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