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TAX SEASON TELEPHONE SCAM
With tax season upon us, an increasing number of citizens have reported being the target of the IRS phone scam. As part of scam, callers claim to be from the IRS or the U.S. Treasury Department, and tell victims they owe the government money and must pay it immediately by credit card, a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. Those who refuse are threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of their business or driver’s license.
Some victims report that the caller claims the police are on their way to the victim’s home to make the arrest. The caller tends to use hostility or insults to sway the potential victim. The scammer may even be able to recite the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security number. Accomplices may call back later claiming to be from the local police or the department of licensing, in an effort to convince victims the first call was legitimate.
Scams like these are most likely to work on the elderly, people with mental disabilities or people who have difficulty speaking English. The IRS has said it will NOT ask for credit card numbers over the phone, nor request a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. Typically, the IRS will make first contact via postal mail and not phone.
If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and threatens police arrest, deportation or license revocation if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it IS NOT the IRS calling.
Other signs that it may be a scam:
- Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
- Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
- Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
- Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
If you get one of these calls just hang up. Remember, if the IRS wants you, they know how to find you. They won’t give you a courtesy call first. If you get a call, the IRS advises that you call the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484 or file a report online. You should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their FTC Complaint Assistant at FTC.gov (add IRS Telephone Scam to the comments of your complaint).
Remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Please don’t hesitate to call 911 should you need assistance from the Rolesville Police Department.
STRANGER DANGER AWARENESS TO TEACH OUR CHILDREN
Telling our kids not to talk to strangers in not enough anymore, and it’s not realistic. Children have a difficult time understanding the concept of “stranger.” If they’ve seen someone at their school or in their neighborhood they may not think of them as a stranger because they’ve seen them before. In addition, if the person doesn’t look mean or scary they don’t seem like a stranger. However, abductions do not necessarily happen by strangers. We need to teach our children the basic rules of safety when they are out in the world without us.
- Be sure you know where your children are at all times and when they are supposed to return home.
- Know whom your children’s friends’ are, where they live and how to get in touch with them.
- Never leave a small child alone – at home or in the car – even for just a few minutes.
- Teach your children that bad people don’t necessarily look mean – they often smile and act friendly. Teach your children not to be tricked – be smart!
- Discuss with your children how to identify safe adults who they can go to when they are in danger – people like police and firefighters.
- Use role-playing and “what if” scenarios so children can practice what to do and how to respond in different situations.
- Decide a secret code word to use in emergency situations. If you can’t pick up your children yourself, make sure the person you send uses the code word. Your child should never go with anyone who does not know the code word.
- Give your children whistles to blow on if they feel in danger. The whistles will attract attention and may prevent a crime.
- Make sure your child knows how to reach you in an emergency.
- Teach your children how and when to call 9-1-1.
TEACH YOUR CHILDREN
- To always tell you where they are going and when they will be back. They should also let you know if they go somewhere else or will be late.
- Not to walk anywhere alone – to walk with a friend.
- Not to take shortcuts through the woods, a back street or empty lot.
- To only play in safe areas, not empty buildings or other dangerous places.
- To pay attention to their surroundings and be on the lookout for suspicious people and vehicles.
- That strangers area not only people they don’t know, but also people they don’t know very well.
- Not to get close to people they don’t know well. They should stay at least two arm’s lengths away so they have room to back up or run away.
- To never talk to, provide assistance to, accept anything from or give personal information to people they don’t know well.
- To never get into a car with anyone they don’t know well.
IF IN DANGER, YOUR CHILDREN SHOULD KNOW
- That if a person follows or grabs them, they should yell real loud. Teach them to shout, “I don’t know you” or something similar, so people know they are in trouble. Tell your children it is okay for them to fight back and make as much noise as they can to get help. Practice this with your children by role playing.
- To run away and ask a safe adult for help.
- What safe places they can go to – a police or fire station, the library, a store or a friend’s house.
- That is anyone touches them in their private areas, they should say “NO.” Explain that they should tell you about these kinds of incidents as soon as possible.
IF THEY ARE HOME ALONE, YOUR CHILDREN SHOULD
- Know how to reach you.
- Know how and when to call 9-1-1.
- Keep the door locked at all times.
- Never let anyone inside – even if they know the person – if you did not give permission in advance.
- Never open the door to anyone unless they have your permission.
- Never tell anyone on the phone they are alone.
- Not tell callers their name, phone number or address.
- Take a message, but hang up right away if they don’t like what someone is saying on the phone.
For more information regarding safety tips, please click on the links below:
BUS STOP SAFETY
The Rolesville Police Department wants to remind drivers to please watch out for school buses and children.
Below is a diagram showing when you are required to stop for a school bus and when you are not. In any case, be aware that children do not always look before crossing the street to board a school bus.
“Flip on the light to put crime in sight”
AUTO THEFT PREVENTION TIPS
All auto break-ins usually have one thing in common: there’s something left in the car worth stealing. Most larcenies from cars are “crimes of opportunity” that could be prevented by taking some preventative steps. The Rolesville Police department recommends the following:
- Turn on your exterior porch and driveway lights: By turning your lights on at night, having them set on a timer, or having motion sensor lights is a great crime deterrence. If your driveway is bright enough for you or your neighbors to see your vehicles, your cars are less likely to be targeted by thieves.
- Lock ALL of your vehicle’s doors: This is true even if you plan on only being gone for “just a second”. Remember, it only takes seconds to steal items from your car. It’s not uncommon, for thieves to walk down a row of parked vehicles, looking for unlocked doors. Also, make sure car windows aren’t left open.
- Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle: You’d be surprised how often this happens, but individuals leave valuable items in plain sight all the time. If you leave items in your vehicle and they’re visible, the chances your vehicle will get broken into, increase greatly.
EASTERN WAKE CRIMESTOPPER$
Eastern Wake Crimestoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that lead to arrest, the seizure of stolen property or illegal narcotics, or the solution to unsolved crimes. The program offers citizens an anonymous method for providing vital information to police about crime without fear of retaliation. Crimestoppers’ tips saves investigative time which increases police efficiency and saves tax dollars. The final result is a safer community that pro-actively fights crime.