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Dona Ana County Officials warn of Property Tax Scam

Doña Ana County Chief Deputy Treasurer Eric Rodriguez is warning property owners not to fall for official-looking letters from a company calling itself Desert Cardinal Properties of Cedar Park, Texas.

Rodriguez said several property owners have reported receiving the letters in recent weeks, offering to take ownership of the properties for a nominal fee, plus back taxes owed.

“You should never do business with someone who claims they are acting on your behalf in a situation that involves back taxes,” Rodriguez said. “If you receive one of these letters – or a similar one from a different ‘company,’ – you should call our office at (575) 647-7433 to determine if you actually do owe back taxes, and, if so, what remedies are open to you without selling or relinquishing your property.”

The letters being received by area property owners are official-looking and include formal legal descriptions of the properties in question. They also set a date by which the transaction must be completed to be valid.

“Even if you do owe back taxes,” Rodriguez said, “chances are that we can work with you to address the matter in a way that allows you to keep your property. We strongly advise that if you receive one of these predatory letters, you contact our office immediately and throw the letter away.”

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