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The Buncombe County Tax Department would like to make our community aware of an ongoing scam targeting area residents. Our office has received reports that letters, like the one attached, have been sent claiming to be from the Tax Processing Unit of Buncombe County Public Judgement Records. The letter attempts to scare residents to respond by stating: "Your debt must be resolved in full to remove the lien. To avoid enforcement, CALL 1(800)XXX-XXXX within fifteen (15) days of receiving this notice. Failure to respond in time will cause an additional penalty to accumulate and lead to default judgment."
This is not an official letter from Buncombe County. There is no such County agency, and we believe this is an attempt to scam consumers into paying a fake tax debt. There is a bold heading claiming the notice is a Distraint Warrant and a toll free number listed on the letter, which may lead some consumers to believe this is a legitimate communication. This is a fraudulent notice from a fictitious agency and residents should not call the number. The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this phone number. Please call (828) 250-4436 if you have any information to report.
If you have been a victim of this scam, please report it at (877) 5-NO-SCAM or ncdoj.gov/complaint.