The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is warning Californians about tax-related phone scams. Our offices have received multiple reports from taxpayers who have spoken to scammers impersonating police officers demanding immediate payment for a tax liability. The scammers spoof police department or BOE telephone numbers on caller ID, creating the appearance that a legitimate party is calling.
Taxpayers should never give any personal information or make a payment to anybody making such a call. If you receive a suspicious call, do not give out any personal information. Call my offices immediately at (916) 323-9794 or (949) 724-2578 for assistance. Once the money is gone it becomes harder to track down these criminals who often operate outside of the United States.
You can also contact the BOE Customer Service Center at 1-800-400-7115 Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (except state holidays).