Attorney General: Beware Of Bogus Property Tax Offer

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The attorney general’s office and Gila County Sheriff’s Office are warning homeowners across the state and county of a new scam targeting homeowners.

Official-looking advertisements arriving through the mail claim that a homeowner’s property qualifies for a “property tax reduction review” for the nominal processing fee of $189. The document contains a “notice number” and deadline for prompt processing, but it is not affiliated with any government agency.

“This solicitation appears to be an attempt to scam homeowners who are looking to reduce their property tax bill,” said Attorney General Terry Goddard in a press release.

However, assessed valuations for 2009 cannot be changed since the appeals process for 2009 has ended, he said.

In addition, there is no fee required to file a property valuation appeal with county treasurers’ or assessors’ offices in Arizona.  

Gila County Sheriff’s Office Detective George Ratliff said he called the company and an operator transferred him to a supervisor.

“I was put on hold for 5 minutes before the supervisor answered. He told me this was just like taking your income tax to someone to do it for you. Then he hung up.”

If you believe you have been a victim of consumer fraud, please contact the attorney general’s office at (800) 352-8431.

Consumers can also file complaints online by visiting the attorney general’s Web site at www.azag.gov.

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