Sweetwater County Treasurer warns of potential scam
October 20, 2022
Sweetwater County Treasurer Joe M. Barbuto advises taxpayers to be aware of a potential scam circulating via U.S. Mail. A business contacted the County Treasurer’s Office to report that they had received a letter from the ‘Tax Processing Unit’ of Sweetwater County, Public Judgement Records.
The envelope included an official-looking emblem and the phrase “IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED.” The enclosed document was a ‘Distraint Warrant’ informing the recipient of unpaid tax debt that had resulted in a lien against their property.
Neither the Sweetwater County Treasurer’s Office nor any other department within the county government has a Tax Processing Unit or Tax Resolution Unit.
“This happens once or twice a year, resulting in confusion and concern among folks in Sweetwater County. We’ve reached out to the senders via the included telephone number to find out why they’re misrepresenting themselves as being from our office, but that usually results in a quick hang-up or unproductive exchange followed by a hang-up,” according to County Treasurer Joe M. Barbuto.
“We forward the information to our County Sheriff and Attorney. As a reminder, any official letters or documents sent from our office will always include the name of the Sweetwater County Treasurer and our local mailing address. Anyone unsure or concerned about something they receive is encouraged to contact our office.”
The Sweetwater County Treasurer’s Office can be contacted at (307) 872-3720, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting in person at the Sweetwater County Courthouse at 80 W Flaming Gorge Way in Green River.