An aggressive and sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, has been making the rounds throughout the country. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.
Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.
Or, victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information.
If the phone isn’t answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request.
Note that the IRS will never:
- Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill;
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe;
- 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; or
- Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
The Lincoln Park Police Department, the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Watch Program, and the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a special session at Fantasyland, the annual Christmas display put on by the Chamber of Commerce.
You will be able to enjoy all the sights and sounds of Christmas that Fantasyland always has to offer, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, but with an added bonus – a visit with one of Lincoln Park Police Department’s Canine Officers!
Fantasyland Admission is $1.00 per person. Photos with Santa and the Canine Officer are $3.00 each, or two for $5.00. You are allowed to take your own photos, if you prefer.
View the flyer from the event
The Lincoln Park Neighborhood Watch Program will be hosting their first bi-monthly meeting on Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 7pm to 9pm in the Lincoln Park Community Policing Building located at 1394 Cleophus (Across the street from the Police Department).
The topic of the meeting will be “Using Your Participant Handbooks and Worksheets.” If you have already received your Participant Handbook, please bring it with you that night. If you have not already received it, you will be given one that evening.
The meeting will also provide time for members to share concerns that they may have or ask questions.
If you plan on attending or have any questions, please email Michael Parr (email email@example.com or call 313-381-3217).
Members of the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Watch Program prior to September 2012 are required to re-register with the new program. Applications can be obtain from the Lincoln Park Police Department, or downloaded, or by using the form below.
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Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
By Anne Runkle
The Lincoln Park Police Department recently honored two Neighborhood Watch coordinators who have built the program up to about 200 members over the past year.
Michael Parr, program coordinator, and Mary Ellen Mitchell, volunteer coordinator, were named volunteers of the year for bringing the program back. It had been inactive for some time, said Sgt. Jeff Mueller, the Police Department’s liaison to the group.
“They put a lot of their own time and effort into this,” Mueller said.
From the safety of their homes, Neighborhood Watch volunteers serve as extra eyes and ears for the police. They are instructed not to confront any suspicious situation or criminal activity themselves, Mueller said.
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