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Stark County warns residents of tax scam

Stark County is warning residents of letters in which scammers demand payments for unpaid taxes.

STARK COUNTY, Ohio — With the deadline for filing taxes just weeks away, the Stark County Prosecutor's Office is warning residents of an ongoing scam.

According to the office, residents have reported receiving what appears to be a seemingly legitimate letter from the “Tax Processing Unit of Stark County, Public Judgment Records" -- an office that doesn't exist. The letter includes the name and address of the receiver as well as a filing number from “The Federal Tax Authorities.”

The letter purports to be a final demand for unpaid taxes and threatens to seize property from the receiver. The letter tells the reader in to call a toll-free phone number by a certain date to avoid further action and enforcement.

The prosecutor's office says that no such letter has been sent by The Stark County Treasurer’s Office or any other office within the Stark County government. Furthermore, the letter has no affiliation with the county’s collection attempts.

Additionally, the Stark County Prosecutor's Office is offering the following tips to help residents avoid such scams:

  • Look for typos, misspelling of common words, and improper use of punctuation.
  • Avoid the urge to act immediately. Don’t be pressured into making immediate payments.
  • Do your due diligence. Look online to see if others have reported receiving similar letters.
  • Talk with someone you trust. Always check with someone else to see if what you received seems suspicious.
  • Report suspicious letters to local authorities.

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