Beware of scam calls targeting Property Tax & Rent Rebate recipients

Dear Friends,

I wanted to alert you to a new scam targeting seniors and people with disabilities who receive rebates through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, the scam features unsolicited telephone calls from a person claiming to be from the Department of Revenue. The caller begins by saying the recipient’s application for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been approved before asking if the recipient would like the rebate deposited directly into his or her bank account.

That’s followed by a request for the recipient’s banking information.

But the Department of Revenue DOES NOT make unsolicited phone calls requesting banking information and DOES NOT collect applicants’ banking information over the phone.

A good general reminder: Never give out personal information over the phone to unsolicited callers, even if they claim to be from the Department of Revenue, the IRS or your bank. And do not trust the number you see on your caller ID, as scam artists increasingly use a technique known as spoofing to trick caller ID.

Legitimate businesses will not call you seeking or verifying account information.

If you received a scam call and provided banking or other personal information, call your bank to report the potential fraud.

Learn more about the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program here.

Sincerely,

Steve McCarter
Pennsylvania State Representative
Serving Cheltenham Township, Springfield Township and Jenkintown Borough