OPP warn of property assessment agency scamFriday, September 06, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
OPP NEWS RELEASE
Fraudsters use property assessment agency to 'phish' for victims
Responding to bogus claims could create victims of identity theft
ORILLIA - Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is warning residents to be wary of callers claiming to represent a service provider agency of the Government of Ontario and to always safeguard their personal information.
In recent weeks, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) has become aware that a person or persons is placing phone calls to property owners claiming to represent MPAC and asking for personal information.
MPAC has reported these incidents to the OPP.
MPAC does not make calls to collect personal information.
If you receive a phone call from anyone claiming to represent MPAC and requesting personal information, please do not provide it.
If you have any questions or receive such calls, please call MPAC’s Customer Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-635-6722.
Alternatively, if you suspect you or someone you know has been affected by this scam, contact your local police service or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
FRAUD… Recognize it… Report it… Stop it.
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Boomboom 9/7/2013 9:49:48 AM Report
I got my tax bill this year...it's over $9k on a 1500 square foot home thanks to MPAC and they have never stepped foot in my home.
How do I go about REPORTING this FRAUD? I RECONIZED the scam of MPAC now how do us tax payers STOP it?
All this time I thought it was normal till I saw this article...makes perfectly clear sense now to me!!!
Are taxes are a joke...it doesn't matter if its criminals in the article or actual MPAC representatives, both the same to me.
JJ77 9/8/2013 11:18:09 PM Report
I'm pretty sure that the MPAC agents that assess properties, go to the property, look at the house from the outside, look at the lot, and take other things into consideration as well. For example, the neighborhood, other properties in your area that are similar, other buildings etc. They send their assessment in from there. If you don't agree with it, you have every right to appeal it, and from there it gets sorted out in court. It happens all the time, lots of people win their appeals. I'll tell you though, I wouldn't suggest calling the local office and tearing the agents a new one because they generally try and work with people in these situations. Also, they will be the one in court showing why your assessment should be what it is. If you get under their skin, they may go the extra mile to stick you good. I know somebody who went through this. On another note, you may want to go over your spelling and grammar before you send in your appeal if you want them to take you seriously. Have a nice day.