Craig briefs for March 29

Police warn of tax scams

— The Craig Police Department is warning residents that tax scams are surfacing with the April 15 tax deadline looming.

According to Bankrate.com, scams to look for include:

• Rebate phone calls: Callers posing as IRS employees tell potential victims they will receive a rebate for early filing. Callers move on to ask for personal bank information. The IRS would not call and ask for bank account numbers or credit card numbers, according to a news release. The Police Department urges people to hang up.

• Tax refund e-mails: Appears with a legitimate IRS logo, official-sounding language and images. This also is designed to have the person provide personal financial information. The Police Department urges people to not open these e-mails.

• Check verification phone call: The caller poses as an IRS employee saying that the IRS has mailed a check, but it has not been cashed. From there, the caller asks for information about bank accounts.

Bankrate.com indicates the bottom line is the IRS corresponds with taxpayers through the U.S. Postal Service, not with unsolicited e-mails or phone calls.

Suspicious calls or e-mail concerning the IRS can be reported to phishing@irs.gov.

Contact the Police Department if you believe you have received calls, mail or e-mail that involves fraudulent activity.

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