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El Paso County, Colorado, June 13, 2024 – The El Paso County Assessor’s office is warning residents about a fraudulent letter circulating that threatens to seize assets due to nonpayment of taxes. The letter, titled “DISTRAINT WARRANT Tax Assessment Securities Public Judgment Records,” falsely claims the recipient has a federal tax debt. It threatens seizure or forfeiture of property and claims Social Security and bank accounts may be seized.

The El Paso County Assessor’s office stresses that these letters are not legitimate and do not represent distraint warrants issued by the county treasurer for taxes owed on manufactured homes. The Assessor’s office urges residents to be cautious of any letter making threatening claims about unpaid taxes. If a resident is the victim of this scam, they should report it to local law enforcement. Property owners concerned about their tax status should visit https://propertytaxelpasoco.com for information on taxes owed or paid on their property.

For more information about the Distraint Warrant Scam, residents can visit the El Paso County Assessor’s Office website: https://assessor.elpasoco.com/. Information on Federal tax debt scams and identity theft is available at www.irs.gov.