IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country.

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.

“This scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every state in the country.  We want to educate taxpayers so they can help protect themselves.  Rest assured, we do not and will not ask for credit card numbers over the phone, nor request a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer,” says IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel. “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 really isn’t the IRS calling.” Werfel noted that the first IRS contact with taxpayers on a tax issue is likely to occur via mail
Other characteristics of this scam include:
•    Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
•    Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security Number.
•    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.
•    After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:
•    If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue – if there really is such an issue.
•    If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.
•    If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.

Taxpayers should be aware that there are other unrelated scams (such as a lottery sweepstakes) and solicitations (such as debt relief) that fraudulently claim to be from the IRS.

The IRS encourages taxpayers to be vigilant against phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.  This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More information on how to report phishing scams involving the IRS is available on the genuine IRS website, IRS.gov.

November 1, 2013/IRS Public Notice

Planned Outage for Maggie Lake PUD 3

Repairs to a power pole at the entrance to Maggie Lake mean that a four-hour planned power outage is necessary Wednesday morning, October 30, 2013 beginning at 10 AM. 184 customers around the lake on the Tahuya Peninsula will be affected by this outage. Electricity should be restored by 2:00 PM. PUD 3 recommends that during planned outages such as this that customers unplug sensitive appliances and electronic equipment until power has been restored for approximately 20 minutes. In addition, especially with electronics, it is important to consider using surge protection.

For questions or concerns regarding this project, customers may contact Nick Earsley, maintenance engineering supervisor, at (360) 275-2833, extension 2250.

Customers may report outages any time by calling 360-432-1533 from Shelton; 360-275-2833 from Belfair; and 360-861-4247, Elma.

Customers may also receive text updates via Twitter by signing up to follow PUD 3’s feed at www.twitter.com/pud3 or by visiting the PUD’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/masonpud3.

Customers may monitor the status of outages using PUD 3’s social media services, but the best way to report outages is via the outage hotline at 360-432-1533.

October 30, 2013/PUD 3 Public Notice

WSP Applicant Testing

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) will be holding applicant testing for the position of Trooper on November 2, 2013. The testing will be held at the Southwest Washington WSP Headquarters located at 11018 NE 51st Street in Vancouver at 7:00 AM. Applicants with a desire to be a Washington State Trooper should come prepared to complete a physical agility test and written examination.

“If you are looking to make a difference, now is the time to see if you have what it takes,” says Trooper Bennie Taylor, District Five Recruiter. The WSP is seeking to fill several trooper vacancies across the state.

The WSP only accepts online applications and will no longer test walk-in applicants. Once an application is submitted, applicants will be sent a confirmation email with a testing date. Those wishing to test on November 2nd must pre-register HERE.

Applicants should arrive dressed in appropriate attire to complete the following physical agility tests:

  • One minute sit-up test
  • One minute push-up test
  • One and one half mile run

Applicants who successfully complete the test and meet WSP requirements will advance to a written examination following the physical agility tests. Physical requirements can be found at HERE

For questions about becoming a Washington State Trooper or information on the testing process, please contact Trooper Bennie Taylor at 360-852-1948.

October 29, 2013/WSP Press Release

Halloween Night Safety

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind drivers to use extra caution on Halloween night. Allow for extra stopping time as roadways are still susceptible to being slippery from the extended dry weather we just experienced. As you are aware, many children and their families will be in our residential neighborhoods going door to door. They will be wearing costumes that can restrict their vision and may be excited and less cautious while crossing streets.

We highly encourage parents to accompany their younger children at all times. All children should be in a group. Make sure their costumes or treat bags are highly visible and at least one in the group should be carrying a flashlight. Parents should inspect all treats that their children collect to ensure they have not been tampered with and are safe.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office will have our Community Service Volunteers and Deputies patrolling neighborhoods as much as possible during the evening.

Please make sure to report any activity that endangers the safety of anyone out enjoying Halloween activities.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween!! October 29, 2013/TCSO Public Notice