Montana Department of Revenue Warns of Email Scam
Helena – The Montana Department of Revenue is warning people about a new email scam that could potentially harm computer systems, and steal identities and financial information. These email messages target people in and out of state. They are not from the department and the department recommends that people delete these fraudulent email notifications.
Taxpayers are receiving email messages with a variety of subjects, one that claims they owe money to the Montana Department of Revenue.
“We consider these scams to be serious threats to the public,” said Revenue Department Director Mike Kadas. “We want to assure people that we’re being vigilant and taking necessary measures to advise the public of these threats in a timely manner.”
The scam messages do not contain Montana phone numbers or mailing addresses. Most important, the department does not initiate contact with our customers through email. All notifications regarding money owed would be sent through the U.S. Postal Service with the official State of Montana, Department of Revenue letterhead.
This is another reason people should keep virus shield software active and updated on all electronic devices.
Officials discovered this scam today when the call center began receiving calls about this scam from people both in and out of state.
If you have questions about emails you may have received, please don’t hesitate to call our call center toll free at (866) 859-2254, or in Helena at 444-6900. Regular call center hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information about guarding against identity theft and what to do if you think you’ve become the victim of the crime, call the Montana Department of Justice, Consumer Protection Office at 1-800-481-6896 or email [email protected]