Letters to the editor – Saturday – 3-19-16

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 19, 2016

Don’t fall for IRS scam now in Rowan County

The latest money scam is now appearing in Rowan County. Residents are receiving calls from someone supposedly from the IRS. The typical scenario is that the caller announces that you have had a lawsuit filed against you by the IRS. They warn that you must make some response immediately to avoid arrest. This is usually coupled with a demand for some kind of payment to keep you from being arrested.

This is purely a scare tactic, to gather personal information for identity theft, and to cheat you out of money. Residents should never confirm such information as their phone number or address. Do not give a credit card number or bank account number. Do not give out your Social Security number!

The IRS makes initial contact through the mail, not by phone. They will not threaten you with arrest, or demand any immediate payment over the phone. And they already have your Social Security number.

If any resident receives such a call, try to get as much information as possible, such as a name and phone number. Then call the NC Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.

— Susan Davis

Salisbury

The writer is with the Information & Assistance Department at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center.

Thanks for your kindness

Many thanks to the kind and helpful people that assisted me when my car cut off on Faith Road. They checked my car out and found the problem. They helped me get to a garage and stayed with me until all was settled.

There are still kind and caring people around. Thank you.

— Chris Caudle

Salisbury

Essence captured

A special thank you to the Salisbury Post and Mr. Wayne Hinshaw, photographer, and Ms. Amanda Raymond, reporter, for capturing the essence of the Black History Fashion Show on Feb. 20 at the Spencer Women’s Club.

— Alice Jamison

Salisbury

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