Minnesota Department of Revenue Warning of Scammers Posing as Revenue Agents
The Minnesota Department of Revenue has received reports of at least one individual posing as an agent of the Department of Revenue, attempting to collect money fraudulently. The scammer is knocking on doors, posing as an agent, and demanding an immediate payment for back taxes owed.
The department reminds the public that they never contact individuals demanding payments without first mailing a letter of notification and they will never threaten to send police to a person's home. In a press release about the scam, the Department of Revenue laid out four things scammers may do that the department will not do:
- Contact you about your balance due without contacting you by mail first
- Demand payments without contacting you by mail first
- Require that you provide payment information over the phone
- Threaten to send police or law enforcement
If you've encountered a suspicious situation like this, or any other questionable interaction with an individual that may be posing as someone from the Department of Revenue, you're encouraged to contact your local law enforcement. You can also call the state department's office at 651-296-3003 or 1-800-657-3909. An authorized Minnesota Department of Revenue staff member will be able to determine if the contact you received was legitimate.