June 16, 2024

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A victim’s letter picture (personal data excluded)

The source of the photo is the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Residents are being alerted by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office about a new tax scam. Sheriff Daniel Edwards says that in official-looking envelopes, letters claiming to be from the “Tax Assessment Securities of Tangipahoa County” are being mailed. These letters scare residents into taking immediate action. They are urged to dial the mentioned toll-free number.

The toll-free number leads to a company pretending to be a law firm. The person on the other end would imply that while trying to reach the IRS is tough, they could do it for you. However, they would need access to confidential data like your Social Security Number and bank account specifics. If they do not succeed in convincing you, they explain it as a marketing ploy to prompt people to call. Then they hang up.

Detectives advise you to ignore any such letters you get. They further stress that you should validate who you’re speaking with, and under no circumstances should you give out personal information to an unknown entity.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the new tax scam citizens are cautioned against?

Sheriff Daniel Edwards warns citizens of a tax scam where envelopes claiming to be from the “Tax Assessment Securities of Tangipahoa County” are being sent to residents. They are scared into responding with immediate action and are urged to dial a specified toll-free number. The number belongs to a company pretending to be a law firm, ready to engage with the IRS on your behalf yet asking for confidential information.

What should one do if they receive a similar tax scam letter?

Detective’s advice is to disregard any such letters received. They urge the public to always verify who they are talking to, and never to give personal information to third-party entities. It’s important to always maintain caution.

How does the scammer get the person’s confidential information?

The scammer uses intimidation to convince the victims to contact the toll-free number provided in the letter. The number leads to a company pretending to be a law firm. They claim that they could contact IRS on your behalf, but in the process, they would need access to your private information such as Social Security Number and bank account information.