The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts is warning citizens that criminals are sending emails impersonating the agency’s Open Records Division, claiming they have committed a Code violation. Do not click any links in these communications. To cause you to react and click onto the links, these fraudulent emails use the subject line: Code Violation Notice ref.:: 3364541.PDF.
If you click the link, destructive malware is installed onto your computer or electronic device. The malware then steals your sensitive data.
If you or anyone you know receives an email or any other communication like this, again, do not click any link. Instead, report it to our office.
Some taxpayers have received fraudulent letters claiming the state of Texas will seize their assets and property for unpaid taxes unless payment is made within seven days. These illegitimate letters did not originate from the Comptroller’s office.
For years, criminals have used aggressive and threatening scam faxes, letters and phone calls impersonating state agencies. The criminals demand immediate payment, often via a specific payment method, and threaten to seize assets and property or significantly increase the liability if you fail to pay or provide sensitive personal information. (See sample letter (PDF).)
Be incredibly wary whenever you receive unexpected messages like these, as they can be a trap. The criminals’ threats are designed to get you to react by calling the criminals’ phone number or clicking on a fake link to solve the problem. The consequences can be catastrophic. Not only can you lose your money, but if you click on links in scam emails or texts, you also could become a victim of identity theft or have malware installed on your phone or computer.
If you receive an unexpected message of this type, do not call the phone number or use the website or link provided in the letter, email or text. Most importantly, do not give the sender personal information or money. Instead, please email us at email@example.com or call the Comptroller’s Collection Team at 800-252-8880.
Texas business owners are reporting they have received an unlawful, unsolicited email (view here (PDF)) purporting to be from Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar. These illegitimate emails, which offer a fictious business opportunity, did not originate from the Comptroller's office.
In them, the Comptroller’s title is incorrect, and the agency cited as offering the opportunity does not exist. The offering email comes from the domain “zohosign.com,” while the email address provided for queries concerning the fraudulent offer misspells the Comptroller’s name and contains a different commercial address from the domain “outlook.com.” An authentic email from the Comptroller’s office will give the user’s full name with the agency’s domain name that ends with .gov.
If you suspect any correspondence from our agency is fraudulent, please notify us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
HUB members are reporting that they have received a phishing email from numerous individuals falsely representing official correspondence from the Statewide Procurement Division. The fraudulent email did not originate from the Comptroller's office and is not legitimate correspondence. The malicious email is designed to lure recipients into clicking on the provided link to spread malware, steal login credentials or trick people into sharing personal and financial information. Some fraudsters are following up with a telephone call. If you receive such an email (view example), please contact us at these addresses: HUB Members: StatewideHUBProgram@cpa.texas.gov; CMBL members: email@example.com.
Some Texas taxpayers have reported receiving the fraudulent email below. The email falsely represents that this is official correspondence from a “contractor” working for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.
This email did not originate from our office and is not legitimate correspondence from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.
This malicious email is designed to lure you into clicking on the provided link to spread malware, steal login credentials or trick you into sharing your personal and financial information.
An example of the malicious email appears below. If you receive such an email, please report it to our office and do not click on any link.
From: Contractor, Texas Comptroller <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, Nov 11, 2022 at 10:41 AM
Subject: You have file document from Texas Comptroller Contractor
You have file document from- Texas
Kindly check this attachment and click on the download page sent with OneDrive but you can log in with your email to view the attachment only on a computer. This is a new way to send large files.
Texas Comptroller Contractor
Go to Download Page »
(link expires 12/11/2022 8:00:00 AM)
Texas Comptroller Contractor
Texas Comptroller Contractor
Companies participating in the Central Master Bidders List (CMBL) reported a phishing email, purporting to come from the Texas Comptroller, that originated from an email domain that is not associated with our agency. This email falsely claimed the recipient needed to recertify to continue participation in the CMBL program and requested personal and financial information. The email also contained an attachment that, if opened, directed the email recipient to provide certain information to the perpetrator’s website. We believe the link is malicious and designed to spread malware.
Companies participating in the Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program have reported a phishing email purporting to come from the Texas Comptroller, from an email domain that is not associated with our agency. This email falsely claimed the recipient's HUB license had been revoked and contained two attachments that, if opened, directed the email recipient to a malicious website. This malicious website steals the recipient's login credentials if they enter their username and password, which they were told they had to provide in order to obtain additional information concerning the revocation. However, there is no information because the email is bogus and any login details would be sent directly to the bad actors. This email did not originate from our office and our agency will never ask you for your login credentials to provide more information.
A taxpayer received a phishing email purporting to come from the Texas Comptroller from an email domain that is not associated with our agency. This email claimed to contain a fax and instructed the recipient to click on a link to "View or Download Fax". This email did not originate from our office and does not contain a fax. We believe the link is malicious and designed to spread malware or steal login credentials, personal and financial information from the recipient.
A number of Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) owners have reported receiving a phishing email from a sbs.tx.gov email domain that is not affiliated with our agency. The email purports to contain a message related to HUB Program certification, includes a malicious link and asks the recipient to provide their email login information to access a bogus message. One of the links in the email appears to spread malware while the other is designed to steal login credentials, personal and/or financial information. This email did not originate from our office.
A vendor received a phishing email purporting to come from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts with the subject "The State of Texas Contract RFQ 2020" inviting them to click on a link to review a purchase order. This email did not originate from our office and we believe it is a fraudulent attempt to steal login credentials, products or personal and financial information from the vendor.
Another vendor received a phishing email purporting to be from our Statewide Procurement Division with an attachment that claims to contain an "Invitation to Bid". By clicking on the attachment, the vendor is sent to a fake Dropbox webpage where they are told they must enter their email username and password to view the "bidding opportunity"". This email was not sent from our office and is a fraudulent attempt to steal email logon credentials, personal and/or financial information.
A vendor received a phishing email from someone claiming to be the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. The email instructed them to log into a website and provide "updated bidder directory information". This email was not sent from the Comptroller's office and we do not require vendors to update their information in this way. The website is malicious and designed to steal email username, password, personal and/or financial information.
Note: The sender addresses vary significantly but tend to incorporate the false name of the sender. None of the known sender addresses end with "gov."From: John Van Haren
Attached is information regarding your HUB Eligibility.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.John Van Haren , ASME, SNAME, MRINA, MPA, MCA