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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Treasurer Hollenbach Warns of Phony IRS Tax Scam

Scammers threaten legal action over the phone

Kentucky Treasurer Todd Hollenbach says scam artists are at work again calling Kentuckians and identifying themselves as IRS representatives telling folks they owe money to the IRS and threatening legal action if they don’t pay.

"The IRS does not initially contact taxpayers by phone so if you receive a call or get a voice message from someone claiming to be a representative from the IRS threatening to take legal action against you, it’s a good bet it’s a scam,” Hollenbach said.

If you do receive a call you can report it to Attorney General Jack Conway’s Office of Consumer Protection at 888-432-9257 or visit for more information.

If you’re looking for legitimate lost or abandoned cash, Treasurer Hollenbach suggests searching the unclaimed property database at or if you don’t have access to the internet, you can call Treasury’s Unclaimed Property office toll-free at 800-465-4722.

Each year, the Kentucky Treasury returns millions of dollars in unclaimed property to Kentucky residents.  Since 2008, under the proactive leadership of Treasurer Hollenbach and his Treasure Finder’s Program, the Treasurer has returned a record $ 130-million in unclaimed property.

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