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Watch out for phony IRS calls in 2015


Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in All Features

BURNSVILLE, MN – With the start of the New Year, Better Business Bureau of Minn. and ND® (BBB) looks ahead to try and predict which nasty scam will pack the most punch in the coming months. Though perennial “least-favorites” such as sweepstakes and utility schemes are sure to be well-represented, BBB feels phony IRS calls will likely continue to set the pace when it comes to defrauding the public.

“This is a scam that knows no season and no boundaries,” said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of BBB of Minn. and ND. “Fraudsters can call from anywhere and use technology and people’s fears to trick and coerce them into making hard to trace payments.”

Phony IRS calls have become common nationwide and can target anyone, but often seem to focus on certain groups, such as foreign-born citizens. Fraudsters claim an affiliation with the IRS and also use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. People contacted by these scammers say they are abusive and threaten arrest or even deportation if alleged tax debts are not paid immediately - usually via wire transfer or prepaid debit cards. Others have received voicemail messages stating they must contact the IRS immediately. Some messages have claimed to be from the U.S. Marshals, threatening arrest if alleged tax debts are not paid in full.

BBB is advising the public that the IRS does not make such calls and initiates contact with taxpayers through the mail. Scammers also utilize technology to alter the information that appears on caller ID, so it may appear as though a call is originating from the IRS, when in fact the call is fraudulent.

The IRS website states they will never:

•Call to demand immediate payment, nor will they call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.

•Threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

•Demand payment without giving people the opportunity to question or appeal the debt in question.

•Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.

•Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

The IRS also states they don’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. This includes requests for PIN numbers, passwords or simi .....
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“Hot Reads for Cold Nights” at Preston Public Library

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

Come in out of the cold and check-out a “Hot” read. Preston Public Library invites adults to sign up for “Hot Reads for Cold Nights”. This event begins Monday Jan. 5 and continues through March 14. Readers’ reviews will be posted on ..... 
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Kaase begins new chapter

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Features

On the morning of Monday, January 5, 2015, Tom Kaase was sworn into office as the Sheriff of Fillmore County in the Fillmore County Commissioners Board Room. This is a big event in the history of Fillmore County -- any time a new Sheriff is elected ..... 
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SEMCAC in Preston receives money from “Swipe Out Hunger”

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

Merchants Bank’s “Swipe Out Hunger” Facebook giveaway has concluded with a donation of $136 to Semcac in Preston. Merchants Bank donated 5 cents each time a Merchants Bank credit card or debit card was used between November 28 and Decembe ..... 
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One vehicle accident claims life, sends another to hospital

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Features

A Holmen, Wisc. woman was killed in a one vehicle accident on the evening of Saturday, December 20, 2014, in Fillmore County. Laura Finseth Scott, age 27, died when the vehicle she was a passenger in rolled over on Fillmore County Road 11 in Pilot ..... 
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Correction

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Features

In the December 15 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, there was an error in The true victims of the nanny state: Unintended consequences of liberal policies commentary. The error was located in the statistics regarding the illegitimate births, on ..... 
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Local family loses dogs to shooting

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Fountain Features

A Fountain family has found themselves on the unfortunate end of what Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department is calling an intentional shooting. Now, the family is seeking any assistance from the public in bringing justice to those responsible. Sa ..... 
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The Masonic Lodge’s Monetary Matchfood shelf challenge

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Features

Fillmore & Houston Counties, MN – Three Semcac food shelves, located in Rushford, Preston and Caledonia, will receive a dollar-for-dollar match for donations given to these food shelves from December 1, 2014 – February 28, 2015. The Masonic Lodg ..... 
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Community support evident on GTTM Day

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Features

On Thursday, November 13, Minnesotan’s again proved their generosity by giving a record $18,316,626 in the 24 hour online marathon to support non-profits and schools. This is a 7 percent increase over 2013 when $17.1 million was raised on Give to ..... 
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