Genesee County treasurer’s office warning residents of fake letters in collections scam

GENESEE COUNTY — The Genesee County Treasurer’s office is alerting residents of fake letters that demand immediate payment for an outstanding tax debt, penalties, and interest owed to the State of Michigan.

The letter states that if the warning is ignored, the State of Michigan will seize property and may impose garnishment on all bank accounts and income. The return address on this letter is: Tax Processing Unit Internal Processing Service Genesee County Public Judgment Records Genesee County Treasurer, Deb Cherry confirmed with the State of Michigan that these letters are questionable, and urges anyone who receives this letter to contact the Genesee County Sheriff’s office at 810-257-3407.

Interim Sheriff Chris Swanson said any effort to take advantage of people will be investigated. Taxpayers who receive a letter from a scammer or have questions about their state debts should also call Treasury’s Collections Service Center at 517-636-5265.

A customer service representative can log the scam, verify outstanding state debts and provide flexible payment options.

Cherry would like to remind all Genesee County residents that delinquent tax foreclosures will NOT occur until March 31, 2021, based on the hardship so many people are facing due to COVID-19.

Even though foreclosures will not occur this year, taxes can still be paid.

“If it is at all possible, please make payments on your taxes, even if it is a partial payment,” Treasurer Cherry encouraged. “The tax bills will continue to grow so it is important to pay the taxes before the balances become too high.”

Payments can be made online at www.geneseecountytreasurer.com where there is a link to make online payments. If paying by mail, the check should be made payable to the Genesee County Treasurer and mailed to the Genesee County Treasurer, 1101 Beach St., Flint, MI 48502. Please include the parcel number or address with all correspondence. — G.G.