Beware of scammers using the Okaloosa County Tax Collector's Office name

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Okaloosa County Tax Collector's Office is warning people about a mail and phone scam circulating in Okaloosa County.

Tax Collector Ben Anderson states, "We take these actions seriously and are working with local Law Enforcement Agencies to bring these criminals to justice. Protecting the Residents of Okaloosa County from this kind of illegal activity is of upmost importance."

The letters are being presented on letterhead that resembles that of the Okaloosa County Tax Collector's Office and identifies the office as an agent of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Attached to the letter are multiple IRS forms to be completed and returned with a certified funds.

The Okaloosa County Tax Collector's Office is NOT an agent of the IRS and will never send letters in conjunction with IRS forms.

If you have questions concerning correspondence received from our office, you can stop one of our six locations to verify its authenticity or call us on the Tax Tip Hotline at 1-855-489-8477 (1-855-4TX-TIPS) and we will return your call within 24 hours.