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SCAM ALERT: Buncombe County officials warn of fake tax processing letters

"Tax Processing Unit of Buncombe County" scam
Anyone who receives a letter from the "Tax Processing Unit of Buncombe County" should report it as it is not an official letter. (Photo credit: Buncombe County Government)

Buncombe County officials are warning the public of a potential scam happening.

They are asking anyone who may receive a letter claiming to be from the Tax Processing Unit of Buncombe County to report it as it is not an official letter.

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The letter attempts to scare residents to respond by stating “levying procedures will begin within 15 days of its receipt.”

"There is no such County agency, and it is believed this is an attempt to scam residents into paying a fake tax debt," a press release from the county states. "There is a bold heading claiming the notice is a 'Distraint Warrant' and a toll free number listed on the letter, which may lead recipients to believe this is a legitimate communication. This is a fraudulent notice from a fictitious agency and residents should not call the number.

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Officials urge people to call the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 250-4436 if they have any information to report.

They are asking that anyone who receives the letter to report it at (877) 5-NO-SCAM or http://ncdoj.gov/complaint as well.

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