Connecticut Residents Get Bogus Tax Collection Letters, Scam or Mistake?

Hundreds of Connecticut residents have received intimidating letters demanding they pay taxes owed to municipalities, even when they are not delinquent.

The letters from J.K. Harris Financial Recovery Systems are marked "urgent message" and "final notice," but state officials are telling taxpayers to keep their money.

State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said he is "outraged that this company is sending solicitations that appear to be deceptive and misleading to taxpayers in New Haven and around the state." His office and the City of New Haven have started an investigation.

New Haven Tax Collector C.J. Cuticello said his office has received hundreds of calls about the letters.

"This company, or a representative of this company, has gone into the clerk’s office and copied the tax lien books," Cuticello told the New Haven Register. "Some of these people are not even delinquent at this time."

The attorney for J.K. Harris claims that many letters went out in error because a public records vendor sold them bad information, according to WFSB.com.

Blumenthal said his office has received complaints from tax collectors in Branford, Meriden, Waterbury and Enfield as well as New Haven. If taxpayers have sent money to the company, he said he would help consumers recover it.

J.K. Harris is currently in a class action suit in Chicago and their office in South Carolina has been raided and investigated by the IRS.

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