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State taxpayers warned of e-mail scam


Last updated 5/22/2008 at Noon

SACRAMENTO — The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) warns taxpayers of two current scams involving FTB and identity theft.

“Taxpayers should protect their personal information and treat any unsolicited emails with caution,” said State Controller and FTB Chair John Chiang. “Contact FTB immediately if you have any concerns.”

The first scam involves an e-mail “phishing” for taxpayer data. The e-mail masquerades as offering to check the status of your state income tax refund. Scams of this nature attempt to lure people into revealing personal and financial information, such as Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers, which may be used to steal that taxpayer’s identity.

The second scam involves a phony letter informing the taxpayer his or her tax return may be audited. The letter refers the taxpayer to a fake FTB address in Georgia. In addition, both the e-mail and the letter contain misspellings and grammatical errors. Taxpayers who receive such a notice should contact FTB at (800) 852-5711.

FTB has several policies in place to protect the safety and security of taxpayer information. The agency never collects confidential taxpayer information through e-mail or phone solicitation. FTB warns taxpayers against providing personal information over the telephone or via e-mail to those who cannot verify they are FTB employees.

The FTB’s Information Privacy policy is available online at


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