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Posted on: June 4, 2018

Warning: Tax Debt Scam Letters Received in Port Townsend

The Jefferson County Treasurer is warning people to be aware of a scam targeting individuals by mail. Two people have contacted the Jefferson County Treasurer stating they received letters notifying them of a State Tax Lien against them and that the State Taxing Authority may be prepared to garnish wages, freeze assets and bank accounts and/or seize any and/or all personal property to satisfy outstanding tax debt. These letters are not from the IRS, Jefferson County or Washington State, and no liens were recorded against these citizens.

The letters do not provide any return address, and they only provide a phone number to call to pay them to help settle the debt. Be careful, and know that Washington State agencies and Jefferson County will always include their mailing address and phone number with any correspondence.  Verify any contact information is correct to avoid falling victim to such scams.  

Delinquent tax notices for Jefferson County property taxes were mailed on May 15, 2018.  These statements include contact information for the Jefferson County Treasurer with mailing address, office address and phone number.  If you’re uncertain about property taxes owed, please contact the Jefferson County Treasurer at (360) 385-9150, or visit the office in the Jefferson County Courthouse between the hours of 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.


To See an Example of a Scam Letter & AGO Response