New Yorkers are warned about tax rebate scam

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  – New Yorkers are being warned about scam artists trying to get personal information by offering to help them get tax rebates.

New York State Taxpayer Rights Advocate Margaret Neri says anyone who gets such a phone call should hang up and report the call to the attorney general’s consumer protection line (800-771-7755).

She says the state Tax Department has learned that scam artists have contacted taxpayers and offered to help them receive a tax rebate. The callers are seeking personal information such as Social Security numbers.

She says the department always makes first contact by letter, which includes a phone number you can call to verify it was sent by the agency. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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