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City of Colorado Springs / Communications / News

Phone scam claims to be City Sales Tax Office
Thursday, September 11, 2014


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-- The City of Colorado has been made aware of scam phone calls being made to citizens claiming to be from the City’s Sales Tax Office.   The caller claimed that there was a warrant out for the citizen’s arrest or that they would be indicted on tax evasion charges if they did not make a payment immediately.  The caller ID identified the number as being the City’s Sales Tax Office; however the phone calls are not legitimate and did not originate from the City of Colorado Springs.  It is a case of “caller ID spoofing” external to the City.

The City Sales Tax Office will only contact licensed businesses by phone if they owe taxes or have not filed a tax return.  They do not request or accept payments by phone or threaten arrests.

The Colorado Springs Police Department is investigating the phone calls. If you have been a victim of this scam – meaning you actually paid money - please report it to CSPD’s non-emergency number at 444-7000 or online at www.coloradosprings.gov.  Click on “Public Safety” and then on “Report a Crime.”