The Department of Revenue Thursday issued a scam warning to seniors and people with disabilities who receive rebates through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.
The department said it received information this week that the scam targets such people and consists of unsolicited telephone calls from someone claiming to work for the Department of Revenue.
The caller says the recipient’s application for the program has been approved and asks if the recipient would like the rebate directly deposited into a bank account.
That is then followed by a request for the person’s banking information.
“We want the public to be aware of this scam and know that the Department of Revenue does not make unsolicited calls requesting banking information,” Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell said in a news release.
The department said it also does not collect banking information over the phone. That information is submitted on the application form to receive rebates through direct deposit. The department contacts applicants via automated calls to confirm information has been received or approved and sends a letter in the mail requesting more information.
The department also warned residents to never give out personal information to unsolicited callers, even those who say they are from the Department of Revenue, IRS or a bank, and residents also shouldn’t trust the number that comes up on caller ID.
If someone does provide banking information or other personal information, they should immediately call their bank to report the potential fraud.