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Tax Commission warns Utahns to be aware of 'spoofing' scam

Utah State Tax Commission officials are warning taxpayers to be on guard for telephone fraudsters who are attempting to steal identity and money by calling people from what appears to be the agency's office.
Utah State Tax Commission officials are warning taxpayers to be on guard for telephone fraudsters who are attempting to steal identity and money by calling people from what appears to be the agency's office.
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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah State Tax Commission officials are warning taxpayers to be on guard for telephone fraudsters who are attempting to steal identity and money by calling people from what appears to be the agency’s office.

Illegal caller ID “spoofing” occurs when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to the caller ID display to disguise their identity.

Commission spokesman Charlie Roberts said the agency has received calls from taxpayers saying they received phone calls from what appeared to be the commission’s customer service number.

The caller then asks for personal identification information and threatens taxpayers with criminal prosecution.

“The Tax Commission will never initiate a call without first sending at least one letter,” Roberts advised in a prepared statement.

If callers receive suspected spoofing calls, the commission is encouraging them to tell the caller they will call the agency directly to resolve the issue and then just hang up.

Roberts said anyone who receives such a call should contact the agency’s fraud specialist at 801-297-3822.