New York tax officials are warning that scammers are using state phone numbers to try and convince people incoming calls are legitimate.
The Department of Taxation and Finance says the numbers showing up on caller ID systems — 518-457-5181 or 518-457-0578 — are department numbers. But they’re only used for incoming calls, not to reach out to taxpayers.
Commissioner Jerry Boone says the people posing as department representatives raise tax issues and say payments must be made using iTunes gift cards or other debit cards. He says that alone should be a “red flag” the call is bogus.
Anyone who believes they’ve gotten a scam call can contact the department at 518-457-5434 to check on their tax status.