PALMDALE – Palmdale Sheriff’s detectives are warning the public of a tax scam targeting residents in the Antelope Valley.
Scammers approach homes and identify themselves as employees of a government agency, then tell homeowners they have outstanding tax debts, according to an advisory from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.
Homeowners are told that if they pay cash on the spot or furnish iTunes or “Green Dot” cards, they will be exempt from any penalties and will not be arrested.
“We ask the public to use extreme caution when anyone approaches your door, especially if they demand money. There is no government agency that will demand cash at your door nor ask for or accept gift cards in lieu of payment,” the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station advisory states.
If approached by these scammers, homeowners are advised to shut the door and contact the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station at 661-272-2400 or the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station 661-948-8466.