Sheriff warns of property tax phone scam in the Heartland

Property tax phone scam spreads through Williamson County
Published: Nov. 5, 2015 at 9:18 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 5, 2015 at 1:40 PM CST
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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick says he's received several reports of another phone scam actively targeting people in the Heartland.

In this latest scam, residents say the caller claims to be from the "Tax Agency."

The scammer accuses their potential victim of not paying their property taxes, and demands payment over the phone either by credit card, or by asking for the person's bank account information.

If the intended victim hesitates or asks questions, the caller threatens them, claiming the Williamson County Sheriff's Office will obtain an arrest warrant and send a deputy to take the person to jail.

Sheriff Vick says people are never arrested for late tax payments, and notification of unpaid property taxes is never done through phone calls. Tax Bill notifications and Delinquent Tax Bill notices are sent using certified mail through the U.S. Postal Service.

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