King County warns of email scam
December 16, 2011 · 10:40 AM
From staff reports:
King County is warning residents of an apparent email scam.
The email is in regards to property tax payments, and is a false confirmation that a payment was received. According to the county, these emails have even been sent to people in other states and countries. The county says these emails have not been sent by the county, and that none of the county's systems have been compromised.
"It appears that someone copied our standard payment confirmation email and altered the header in the email so that it appears to be from King County," said County Chief Information Officer Bill Kehoe. "These messages did not come from King County, and the recipients have not made any payments with us."
Kehoe also reiterated that the county's electronic systems are well protected.
"We have robust protections on all of our information technology systems. The email addressed did not come from our database. Residents can rest easy, knowing that their personal information is secure," he said.
If residents have not made a King County tax payment via the online system, but received an email confirmation from KingCountyECommerce@kingcounty.gov, the county recommends to delete it and not open any attachments.