Michigan Treasury warns of phone scam seeking tax payments

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – The Michigan Treasury Department is warning of a scam in which people are called and asked to immediately pay income taxes or face consequences.

Scammers apparently cloned a Grand Rapids-area Treasury phone number. Scammers are demanding payment with a prepaid debit card or wire transfer.

The department says it doesn’t demand immediate payment of taxes without first mailing a letter.

The agency also says it doesn’t threaten to call the police for unpaid taxes and doesn’t ask for bank account codes, credit card numbers or similar information over the phone.

The department urges people who think they may owe taxes but are suspicious of a Treasury call to record the caller’s information and then call the agency at 517-636-5265 to determine if the call is legitimate.

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