State warns taxpayers about scams

Staff reports

The Missouri Department of Revenue is advising taxpayers to be aware of scam artists.

The callers are identifying themselves as representatives of the department to obtain bank routing numbers and social security information from taxpayers. The callers are saying this information is needed to debit their account for payment due the department of revenue.

Department officials said they never call individual taxpayers asking for personal bank account routing numbers or credit card numbers to process an income tax refund or an amount due the department.

“Missourians need to continue to be cautious when asked to give out their personal information over the phone to someone claiming to be with the Department of Revenue,” said Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt. “I have urged the department to continue to inform Missourians about these scams to protect taxpayers from fraud and identity theft.”

“We are very concerned that these scam artists, purporting to be from the Department of Revenue, could threaten taxpayers’ sensitive information,” said Omar Davis, director of the Missouri Department of Revenue. “These scam calls have continued to surface throughout this tax season, and we want Missourians to be very cautious before giving out any financial information over the phone if they did not initiate the call.”

If customers receive these types of calls, they should not divulge any personal information to the caller. Inquires from consumers should be directed to or 1-800-392-8222.

Neosho Daily News