New Phone Scam Targets Washington Businesses
OLYMPIA, WA - The Washington Department of Revenue is warning businesses to be aware of a new telephone scam. The scammers fraudulently claim to be from the department and request over-the-phone payment to renew expired business licenses.
"Revenue will never ask for or take payment for license renewals over the phone. The department mails businesses a notice about six weeks before their renewal is due and a delinquent notice a week after the license expires, a press release states.
License renewals should be made through a business’s secure My DOR account.
Businesses that receive one of these fraudulent calls and want to check their license status should visit the My DOR website at http://secure.dor.wa.gov and log in to review their account information.
If a business is unsure about correspondence with the Department of Revenue or has questions related to this scam, they are asked to call 1-800-451-7985.
The Department of Revenue is Washington state’s primary tax administration agency, nationally recognized for innovation and service quality. Revenue collected $22.4 billion in tax revenues in Fiscal Year 2016. These funds support education, social services, health care, corrections, public safety, natural resources conservation and other public services.