Fort Worth warns residents of scam business

Fort Worth city officials are warning residents about a fraudulent business posing as a Community Action Partners agency affiliated with the city.

The business, known as Taxone, claims to offer many services directly affiliated with the city’s Community Action Partners such as energy assistance programs or tax planning services, according to the city. Taxone also claims to assist with real estate endeavors, according to city officials, who describe the business as “no way affiliated with Community Action Partners or the city of Fort Worth,” according to a news release.

The city advises residents to seek out such services through legitimate Community Action Partners offices at one of 10 locations citywide.

When visiting a CAP site, the city advises clients to make note of the following:

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• The city of Fort Worth logo and Community Action Partner signs will be prominently displayed, and prevalent throughout the location.

• CAP caseworkers ask to see their clients’ most recent bills, and make sure to provide all of their clients with complete written documentation of all services rendered.

• CAP will not facilitate a change in utility provider or a change service address.

• There are no fees to receive CAP services, as the program is income-based.

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Those coming in contact with an individual affiliated with Taxone, or anyone suspected of operating a scam business affiliated with CAP programs, are advised to contact quality assurance coordinator Sharon A. Burkley at 817-392-5785.

Clients also will be encouraged to file a police report, in order to protect their identity and information.