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!
“False “Court Case” Phishing Email Scam Widely Circulating in regards to Claiming to be from the Oregon Court of Appeals
The Oregon Judicial Department and the Appellate Records Office is warning the public about a potential computer virus that is being delivered via an email falsely claiming to be about an Oregon court case. The email references an upcoming court case; however, the email is a scam. Opening any attachment or clicking on any link in the message may trigger a malicious program designed to infect the recipient’s computer.
The email is not from the Oregon state courts nor is it about a court case. If you do have a case pending with the Court of Appeals and need to confirm a correspondence you received, please contact the Oregon Appellate Records Office at 503-986-5555….”
An awful lot of people have a hard time saying “no, thank you.”
Unless you have a burning desire to be scammed, I recommend you practice, practice, practice.
If you want another really good reason for saying, “no, thank you,” here’s a story for you, from the 11/6/12, Law for Real People Blog:Every Season is “Attempt to Scam the Elderly Season”