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Delaware Division of Revenue warns of new taxpayer scam

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The Division of Revenue is warning there’s a new taxpayer scam targeting Delawareans.

The letters claim to be from the “Bureau of Tax Enforcement.”

Division of Revenue Director Jennifer Hudson said the scammers appear to be targeting people who actually owe money to the state, using information from public records.

The letters threaten to seize property or garnish wages unless the recipient calls a toll-free number by a certain date.

“The last thing I want is for a taxpayer who actually owes money to us is forced in or scared or badgered into paying some other third party that is not collecting on our behalf," Hudson said.

She added they are concerned taxpayers could be fooled into paying someone who is not the state.

“You know, think about it," she said. "That puts the taxpayer in the worst possible place. They pay a third party, they don’t get credit for it because they haven’t paid us and you know they still owe the state.”

Hudson said she’s never seen this type of scam before.

People who receive these letters should contact the Division of Revenue. They can also can file a complaint with the Delaware Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Unit.

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