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Assessor Berrios Alerts Taxpayers about Fraudulent Solicitation Letters

Letter Instructs Taxpayers to Fax Bank Statements to Receive Discounts on Property Taxes

Chicago – Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios warned taxpayers that a fraudulent letter is being sent to numerous taxpayers asking them to fax copies of their most recent bank statements in order to receive a property tax discount.

The letter, which is printed on recreated Assessor’s Office letter head, states that records show that the taxpayer’s property has a Home Equity Line of Credit. It asks for taxpayers to fax a copy of their most recent bank statement in order to receive a 5% property tax discount.

In addition to the letter providing the name of the taxpayer’s bank, it also provides the date the bank account was open. The letter lists the correct phone number for the Assessor’s Office but the fax number belongs to the fraudulent solicitor. Assessor Berrios has notified the Cook County State’s Attorney to have this matter investigated.

“I want all taxpayers to be aware these letters are fraudulent and were not sent by the Cook County Assessor’s Office,” Assessor Berrios said. “The Assessor’s Office does not offer a property tax relief program for homeowners based on their home equity lines of credit.”

Detailed information regarding actual money saving exemption programs administered by the Assessor’s Office may be found by visiting the assessor’s Web site at www.cookcountyassessor.com or by contacting the Assessor’s Taxpayer Services Department at 312-603-7550.

“These predators have obtained just enough personal information to convince some taxpayers that they are entitled to a discount on their property taxes,” Assessor Berrios said. “If you received one of the fraudulent letters and have already faxed your bank account information, we suggest you immediately contact your bank.”



Past News

10/10/2014Assessor Berrios Alerts Taxpayers about Fraudulent Solicitation Letters
09/08/2014Reassessment Notices Mailed to Bloom Township Taxpayers
08/26/2014Reassessment Notices Mailed to Rich Township Taxpayers
08/12/2014Reassessment Notices Mailed to Thornton Township Taxpayers
07/28/2014Reassessment Notices Mailed to Orland Township Taxpayers
07/08/2014Reassessment Notices Mailed to Proviso Township Taxpayers
06/19/2014Assessor Berrios Develops New Tax Incentive
06/17/2014Reassessment notices for Calumet are being mailed today and the appeal deadline date will be 7/14/2014
05/20/2014Reassessment notices for Stickney are being mailed today and the appeal deadline date will be 6/20/2014
05/13/2014Lemont Township News Release for Distribution
05/07/2014Reassessment Notices Mailed to Lyons Township Taxpayers
05/06/2014Cook County Assessor’s Office Rolling Meadows Branch Office to Close May 30th
04/28/2014Reassessment Notices Mailed to Berwyn Township Taxpayers
04/15/2014Reassessment Notices Mailed to Oak Park Township Taxpayers
04/02/2014Reassessment Notices Mailed to Worth Township Taxpayers
03/19/2014Reassessment Notices Mailed to Cicero Township Taxpayers
03/07/2014Reassessment Notices Mailed to Bremen Township Taxpayers
02/13/2014Reassessment Notices Mailed to Riverside Township Taxpayers
02/13/2014Reassessment Notices Mailed to River Forest Township Taxpayers
01/15/2014Amnesty Period Allowing for Repayment without Penalties and Interest Concluded December 31, 2013
01/09/2014Assessor Berrios Mails Senior and Senior Freeze Exemption Applications
12/23/2013Assessor Berrios Bills Over $2,000,000 for Erroneous Exemptions Claimed by Taxpayers
12/19/2013Assessor Berrios Bills Over $2,000,000 for Erroneous Exemptions Claimed by Taxpayers
10/16/2013Assessor Berrios Bills First $1 Million for Erroneous Exemptions Claimed by Taxpayers
09/11/2013Reassessment Notices Mailed to Niles Township Taxpayers
09/11/2013Reassessment Notices Mailed to Hanover Township Taxpayers
08/27/2013Reassessment Notices Mailed to Schaumburg Township Taxpayers
08/05/2013Reassessment Notices Mailed to Northfield Township Taxpayers
07/17/2013Governor Signs Exemption Fraud Legislation Developed by Assessor Berrios
07/17/2013Reassessment Notices Mailed to Wheeling Township Taxpayers
06/24/2013Reassessment Notices Mailed to Leyden Township Taxpayers
06/17/2013Cook County Assessor Berrios to Host Local Outreach Session to Help Leyden Township Homeowners Affected by Flooding
06/03/2013Cook County Assessor Berrios to Host Local Outreach Sessions to Help Lyons Township Homeowners Affected by Flooding
06/03/2013Cook County Assessor Berrios to Host Local Outreach Sessions to Help Stickney Township Homeowners Affected by Flooding
05/30/2013Reassessment Notices Mailed to Barrington Township Taxpayers
05/28/2013Illinois General Assembly Passes Exemption Fraud Legislation Developed by Assessor Berrios
05/20/2013Exemption Fraud Legislation Developed by Assessor Berrios Passess the Illinois Senate
05/20/2013Reassessment Notices Mailed to Palatine Township Taxpayers
05/09/2013Cook County Assessor Berrios to Host Local Outreach Session to Help Maine Township Homeowners Affectd by Flooding
04/29/2013Cook County Assessor Berrios to Host Outreach Sessions to Help Taxpayers Affected by Flooding
04/26/2013Reassessment Notices Mailed to New Trier Township Taxpayers
04/23/2013Property Tax Relief Legislation Developed by Assessor Berrios Signed into Law by Governor
04/23/2013Assessor Berrios Extends Deadline for Maine Township Appeals
04/11/2013Reassessment Notices Mailed to Maine Township Taxpayers
04/11/2013Berrios Property Tax Relief Measure Passes Both Houses
04/03/2013Assessor Berrios Announces Appeal Period is Open for Cicero Township Taxpayers
03/15/2013Reassessment Notices Mailed to Elk Grove Township Taxpayers
03/12/2013Berrios Proposes Property Tax Relief Measure
02/22/2013Reassessment Notices Mailed to Evanston Township Taxpayers
02/21/2013Assessor Berrios Mails Renewal Applications for the Disabled Exemptions
02/14/2013Reassessment Notices Mailed to Norwood Park Township Taxpayers
02/08/2013Assessor Berrios Lauds Marty McGarry for Three Decades of Service at the Cook County Assessor’s Office
02/04/2013Property Tax Appeals May Only Be Filed When a Property’s Township is Open for Appeals
01/30/2013Cook County Assessor Berrios Reminds Seniors of Upcoming Senior Exemption Deadline
01/29/2013Assessor Berrios Alerts Taxpayers that the Cook County Treasurer Has Mailed First-Installment Tax Bills
01/28/2013Cook County Assessor Berrios to Host Numerous County-Wide Outreaches to Help Taxpayers
01/04/2013Assessor Berrios Mails Senior Exemption Applications
12/21/2012Assessor Berrios announces receipt of $5.5 million PILOT payment from CHA
12/11/2012Cook County Tax Bills Continue To Be Higher In 2013
12/10/2012Cook County Assessor Berrios Certifies 2012 Assessment
10/09/2012Assessor Berrios announces $5 million PILOT payment from CHA
10/09/2012Assessor Berrios Alerts Taxpayers about Solicitors Charging to File for Missing Property Tax Exemptions
09/28/2012Reassessment Notices Mailed to South Township Taxpayers
09/14/2012Reassessment Notices Mailed to North Township Taxpayers
08/15/2012Reassessment Notices Mailed to Jefferson Township Taxpayers
07/23/2012Reassessment Notices Mailed to West Township Taxpayers
07/02/2012Assessor Berrios Alerts Homeowners to Check Second-Installment Tax Bills for Exemptions
06/25/2012Reassessment Notices Mailed to Hyde Park Township Taxpayers
06/06/2012Second-Installment Property Tax Bills to be Mailed on Time for the First Time in 35 Years
05/18/2012Reassessment Notices Mailed to Lake Township Taxpayers
05/01/2012Preckwinkle, Berrios Urge Passage of Exemption Fraud Legislation
04/11/2012Reassessment Notices Mailed to Lakeview Township Taxpayers
03/27/2012Assessor Berrios Mails Long-Time Occupant Homeowner Exemption Applications
03/13/2012Cook County Assessor Berrios Mails Exemption Booklets to Homeowners
03/08/2012Berrios Urges Seniors to Check Their Mailboxes
03/08/2012Reassessment Notices Mailed to Rogers Park Township Taxpayers
01/27/2012Assessor Berrios Begins 2012 Assessment
12/06/2011Assessor Berrios Releases first-year Report Card
09/30/2011Assessor Berrios Urges Seniors to Check Second-Installment Tax Bills for Exemptions
09/21/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Rich Township Taxpayers
09/14/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Thornton Township Taxpayers
08/22/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Orland Township Taxpayers
08/12/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Proviso Township Taxpayers
08/05/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Worth Township Taxpayers
07/25/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Lemont Township Taxpayers
07/15/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Stickney Township Taxpayers
07/12/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Lyons Township
06/24/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Bremen Township Taxpayers
06/16/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Palos Township Taxpayers
06/14/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Berwyn Township Taxpayers
06/03/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Cicero Township Taxpayers
05/25/2011Assessor Berrios Mails Long-Time Occupant Homeowner Exemption Applications
05/24/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Oak Park Township Taxpayers
05/13/2011Assessor Berrios Unveils New Assessment Notice
03/30/2011Cook County Assessor Berrios Certifies 2010 Assessment
03/03/2011Cook County Assessor Berrios Extends Deadline for Senior Citizen Exemption
02/17/2011Cook County Assessor Berrios Urges Seniors to Reapply for Senior Exemption
02/07/2011Cook County Assessor Berrios Mails Exemption Applications to Seniors
01/19/2011Cook County Assessor Berrios Decreases Reassessment Values to Ensure Properties are Fairly Assessed
01/13/2011Reassessment Notices Mailed to Hanover Township Taxpayers
12/29/2010Assessor Berrios’s Office Certifies 27,000 Exemption Certificates of Error
12/28/2010Reassessment Notices Mailed to Northfield Township Taxpayers
12/21/2010Assessor Berrios Revises Assessment Notices to Include Properties' Market Values
11/19/2010Reassessment Notices for Palatine Township Mailed
11/15/2010Tax Bill Related Questions
10/29/2010Reassessment Notices for Wheeling Township Mailed
10/06/2010Reassessment Notices for New Trier Township Mailed
09/21/2010Reassessment Notices for Elk Grove Township Mailed
08/19/2010Reassessment Notices for Maine Township Mailed
07/26/2010Reassessment Notices for Niles Township Mailed
07/15/2010Reassessment Notices for Evanston Township Mailed
07/08/2010Reassessment Notices for Barrington Township Mailed
06/29/2010Reassessment Notices for Norwood Park Township Mailed
02/23/2010Assessment Notices Mailed to Schaumburg Township Taxpayers
02/18/2010Assessment Notices Mailed to Thornton Township Taxpayers
02/11/2010Reassessment Notices Mailed to Lake Township Taypayers
02/04/2010Assessment Notices Mailed to Lemont Township Taxpayers
02/02/2010Assessment Notices Mailed to Bloom Township Taxpayers
01/27/2010Reassessment Notices for North Township Mailed
01/19/2010Assessment Notices Mailed to Hanover Township Taxpayers
01/14/2010Assessment Notices Mailed to Worth Township Taxpayers
01/08/2010Assessment Notices Mailed to Northfield Township Taxpayers
12/30/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Orland Township Taxpayers
12/23/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to New Trier Township Taxpayers
12/17/2009Reassessment Notices for South Township Mailed
12/15/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Lyons Township Taxpayers
12/03/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Proviso Township Taxpayers
11/25/2009Reassessment Notices for West Township Mailed
11/20/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Palatine Township Taxpayers
11/06/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Wheeling Township Taxpayers
10/23/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Stickney Township Taxpayers
10/19/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Leyden Township Taxpayers
10/09/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Rich Township Taxpayers
10/02/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Elk Grove Township Taxpayers
09/25/2009Reassessment Notices for Hyde Park Township Mailed
09/24/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Maine Township Taxpayers
09/17/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Niles Township Taxpayers
09/04/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Barrington Township Taxpayers
09/01/2009Reassessment Notices for Jefferson Township Mailed
08/17/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Calumet Township Taxpayers
08/11/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Bremen Township Taxpayers
07/31/2009Reassessment Notices for Lakeview Township Mailed
07/29/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Palos Township Taxpayers
07/23/2009Reassessment Notices for Berwyn Township Mailed
07/10/2009Reassessment Notices for EvanstonTownship Mailed
07/02/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Oak Park Township Taxpayers
06/30/2009Reassessment Notices for Rogers Park Township Mailed
06/18/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Cicero Township Taxpayers
06/15/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Norwood Park Township Taxpayers
06/01/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Riverside Township Taxpayers
05/18/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to River Forest Township Taxpayers