Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector Keith Knox and County Assessor Jeffrey Prang are alerting the public about a property tax scam that has been reported to a District Office of the Assessor. Unknown people are reportedly attempting to fraudulently collect in-person property tax payments at taxpayers’ homes due to COVID-19.
“Please note that the County of Los Angeles Treasurer and Tax Collector (TTC) does not conduct in-person visits to collect property tax payments and that any attempts to collect in-person payments are fraudulent,” said Knox. “Should you be contacted at your home or hear about this in your neighborhood, do not make payment to the person requesting it and notify local law enforcement immediately. Be sure to provide a detailed description of the individual.”
L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn said at least one resident in the Rowland Heights area has already been impacted by the scam.
“This scam is sophisticated but do not fall for it,” Hahn said in a statement. “County officials are not going to any homes to collect property tax payments – in fact, the Treasurer Tax Collector Office is not accepting is not accepting any in-person payments at this time.”
The individuals involved in the scam may even have fake identification in addition to the tax bill for the specific homeowner being targeted. These individuals allegedly are claiming that the homeowner must pay their property taxes in-person because the COVID-19 pandemic has closed county offices to the public.
“It’s important to be cautious with anybody making unsolicited offers,” Assessor Prang said. “Appraisers sometimes will visit homes to appraise the property, but our appraisers will never ask for tax payments. This current activity is a scam and it’s important to report it to the authorities immediately.”
Prang said that people need to be aware of the scam and not engage with anyone seeking an in-person property tax payment.
Residents are being informed that the TTC accepts payments online, by mail or over the telephone. Details on available property tax payment options can be found at ttc.lacounty.gov.
If approached by a potential scammer, homeowners are being encouraged to get a detailed description of the individual and report it immediately to local law enforcement.