ADAMS COUNTY, Colo -- The Adams County treasurer is warning homeowners of a scam that is spreading around the state.
Many homeowners with delinquent tax liens have received a letter threatening that the ownership of their home could be in jeopardy and an offer to help pay the lien.
“It’s kind of a scare tactic and our message today is that if you get a letter like this or something that resembles this, it’s best that you call the treasurer’s office,” Adams County Treasurer Brigitte Grimm said.
Adams County said it is seeing numerous records requests for the list of 2,100 delinquent tax liens in the county. It's a sign that scammers are looking for targets.
“We got a number of calls (Wednesday), so we suspect this letter just went out,” Grimm said. “There is no third party that can assist in reducing your taxes.”
Grimm said there’s nothing to negotiate when it comes to delinquent tax liens held against property, so the scammers that say they can help can’t.
“We want to make sure nobody is losing their homes to unpaid taxes,” Grimm said. “But we also want to make sure there is not another party involved that is possibly charging a fee for a service they can’t provide. That has to come from the treasurer’s office.”