Tax Scheme Warning Coming to Your Airwaves

LOS ANGELES -- A radio and television campaign will soon hit the airwaves warning Los Angeles County residents about being ripped off by companies offering to lower property taxes.

Thirty-second public service announcements will start airing Tuesday in English and Spanish. County Assessor Rick Auerbach said his office has received reports that residents are receiving official-looking mailings from such companies.

"Neither Los Angeles County nor any government agency approves or endorses these companies' services," Auerbach said. "Furthermore, companies offering to lower property taxes must show clearly that they are not a government agency, and failure to do so is a violation of California law."

Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina is also helping putting the word out with a flyer available to the public.

The message is simple: don't get fooled.

No matter how official looking these mailers appear, you don't have to pay for these property reviews. They are being done for free by the County Assessor's Office. In fact, the assessor's office is in the process of reviewing property values purchased between June 1, 2004 and June 30, 2008. 

Results will be posted in the assessor's website after April 1.

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