Scammers Posing as Tax Reps

Fake caller ID numbers

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance warns taxpayers that con artists are “cloning” the agency’s fraud hotline phone numbers so they appear on caller ID, giving the impression they are from the department. If either of the following Tax Department numbers appear on a caller ID system, it means the caller is not legitimate: 518-457-5181 or 518-457-0578. The agency doesn’t use these numbers for outgoing calls.

“Many of the imposters who call demand payments on iTunes gift cards and other reloadable debit cards, which are obvious red flags,” said Jerry Boone, the commissioner of taxation and finance.

To reach the Tax Department, call 518-457-5434. You also can create an account at to confirm liabilities and manage your taxes.

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