Attorney General Brown: Homeowners Should be on High Alert for Property Tax Scams

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Fantastic news!  If, like me, you have been receiving "We Can Reduce Your Property Taxes" ads in the mails and were almost seduced by their incredible promises, our great Attorney General Edmund G. Brown is trying to put a stop to it. Brown was NOT seduced by these scoundrels.  Read the press release below:

Press Release

Sacramento—Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a Consumer Alert to
California homeowners about a “blatant and costly scam” targeting homeowners
with declining property values.

“This blatant and costly scam holds out
hope to homeowners that their property taxes will be reduced if they pay
hundreds of dollars to a middleman to have their property re-evaluated,”
Attorney General Brown said. “In point of fact, homeowners can seek relief
directly from their county assessor free of charge. Homeowners should be on high
alert.”

Companies are sending deceptive mailers to homeowners offering
help in reducing property tax assessments, if the homeowner pays the company
hundreds of dollars in fees. The companies use official-sounding names such as
“Tax Adjusters,” “Tax Readjustment” or “Tax Review” to make victims believe the
company is a government agency.

Property tax reassessment is a free
service provided by county tax assessors. If homeowners believe their property
value has declined and they are paying too much in property taxes, the local tax
assessor will review the property value for free for a possible downward
assessment.

To avoid becoming a victim, homeowners should:
• Never
pay money for something they did not ask for.
• Avoid a middleman—they
should contact their local tax assessor’s office for property value
reassessment.

Homeowners who believe they are a victim of this scam
should contact the Attorney General’s Office by either calling 1-800-952-5225 or
by writing to P.O. Box 944255 Sacramento, CA 94244.

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