Thursday, November 19, 2009

Scam Alert: Lower Your Property Taxes

Don’t fall for this offer to lower your property taxes.

What it looks like:

An official looking letter promises to cut thousands off your current property taxes.

All you need to do is to complete an authentic-appearing form and return it with payment—usually around $150 or more. Then, the letter says, the sender will file the paperwork on your behalf. Some letters warn that homeowners who fail to respond could face additional fees or become “ineligible for future tax reassessments.”

What actually happens:

No paperwork to lower taxes is ever filed. The scammer cashes our check and is unreachable.

The truth:

You can appeal the property tax assessment by contacting your local county clerk’s office. No middleman or fee is required. You'll never be ineligible for future tax reassessments.

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