BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana taxpayers are being warned to be alert and protect themselves because scam artists are targeting them.
The Louisiana Department of Revenue issued the warning Monday morning.
"Scammers often use publicly-available information to target individual taxpayers," Secretary of Revenue Kimberly Robinson said. "Other scams, known as 'phishing,' cast a wider net for personal financial information that is used to engage in various kinds of fraud."
Officials said a woman in East Baton Rouge Parish was the target of a scam. She reportedly received a phone call indicating she had pre-qualified for a program to help her resolve a tax lien. According to revenue officials, the woman was told that all she had to do was pay a fee for 10 percent of the lien amount. Investigators said the woman contacted her CPA, who discovered the offer was fake.