Tax Season Identity Theft Scams
The IRS has issued several consumer warnings about the fraudulent use of the IRS name or logo by scamsters trying to gain access to consumers’ financial information in order to steal their identity and assets. Scamsters will use the regular mail, telephone, fax or email to set up their victims. When identity theft takes place over the Internet (email), it is called phishing. (source: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts)
The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through email. Unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS, or from an IRS-related component such as EFTPS, should be reported to the IRS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on current Scams & Frauds call the Oak Island Police Dept. at (910) 278-5595 or NC Dept. of Justice at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM (toll free within North Carolina). For online additional information on how to protect yourself and what to do if you are a victim of identity theft go to http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft
Oak Island Community Watch will meet May 5th, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Oak Island Fire Department Station 1 located at the corner of SE 1st. St. and East Oak Island Dr. in the first floor training room. For more information contact president Charlie Blalock at (910) 274-5315 or visit www.oakislandcommunitywatch.com