SCAM ALERT: Ottawa County authorities warn of fraudulent tax letter
The letter mentions garnishment of wages, property seizures, creation of a property lien, and requests a balance to be paid in full.
OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. — The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and Treasurer’s Office are warning residents about a tax scam that is circulating in the community.
According to authorities, a possible fraudulent mailing has been sent to residents or businesses in Ottawa County.
Upon further investigation, they determined that the letter is a scam.
The sheriff’s office said the letter indicates that it is from the “Tax Resolution Unit” in Ottawa County, and claims to be a “Distraint Warrant,” mentioning garnishment of wages, property seizures and creation of a property lien. The letter also requests a balance to be paid in full.
It is believed that this same scam has been used in other parts of the country as well.
According to a Facebook post from the Ottawa County Treasurer’s Office, the document looks official on its face, but it is missing a lot of the information that an actual notice would have.
They said, “for example, instead of having both a phone number and mailing address for contact information, there is just a 1-800 toll free number. It…