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Property Tax Scam Letter Circulating in Kentucky

Protecting Kentucky families, especially senior citizens, from scams, abuse and exploitation is a top priority for the Attorney General’s office.

During tax season, scams involving taxes are commonly reported. The Attorney General issued a recent Scam Alert about citizens who had received fraudulent property tax delinquency notices in the mail.

The scam letter threatens seizure of church property if taxes, penalty and interest totaling more than $21,000 are not paid immediately over the phone. The letter appears to be from the state of Kentucky Bureau of Tax Enforcement, an agency that does not exist, and includes an official looking seal and a phone number to call to make payment.

Beshear said his office is working with the Woodford County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to trace the scammer. They have also provided Kentuckians with tips on how to avoid the scam. These include:

  • Always contact your county sheriff’s office to verify any property tax delinquency before making a payment.
  • Hang up on anyone who calls you and asks for your personal or financial information over the phone.
  • Visit the state’s website for official information on how delinquent property taxes are handled.

To find out more about this particular scam, read more here. You can also sign up to receive Kentucky Alerts and get notified when con artists are on the attack in Kentucky.

Jenna Walker
Communications Specialist

(606) 365-3555 Ext: 19405