A few days ago a Trimet buddy told his fellow riders about an appalling tax return grab and go theft that happened at the downtown post office earlier this week. He was jostled from behind and when he turned the mail in his hand was grabbed, including, especially, the easily identifiable IRS tax return envelope.
He spent the remainder of the day, and week, doing the rounds of police, credit reporting agencies, IRS, and all the other ID theft checklist items, including a couple hours looking at security video, sadly to no avail.
Yes it’s a lesson to file electronically, but it’s also a lesson we all need to keep in mind – watch out for other people and not always strangers who invade your personal space. And keep those valuables out of sight!
There are lots of online scams, but the tried and true telephone, front door, and hit and run street perpetrators are still managing to make other people’s lives miserable.
Oregon Scam Alert Network (from the Oregon Department of Justice).
But don’t let your guard down about other types of scams and rip-offs: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Complaint Database