Don't fall for this social media scam affecting Marylanders

Posted at 7:16 AM, Jun 07, 2018

The Comptroller's Office wants to warn you about a scam spreading through Maryland.

Comptroller Peter Franchot says cyber thieves are contacting people via social media using an official-looking certificate, saying that you can have a large sum of money, but for a fee.

The scammers are sending messages as the Comptroller of Maryland and the IRS, but both offices want to remind consumers they do not contact people through social media regarding financial information. 

"Cyber thieves will go to any length to get taxpayers' money, identity or financial information," Comptroller Peter Franchot said. "This new scam is just the latest in a long line. As we investigate these cases, I want to warn everyone not to fall victim to unknown contacts who make promises that seem too good to be true. My office would never use social media to contact a taxpayer about a tax matter or financial issue. If you are contacted in this way, don't reply, be cautious and notify my agency's FED officers immediately." 

If you receive this message to not reply or give any confidential information. If you receive a suspicious message or email, please call 1-800-MD-TAXES or email