Gahanna Police is asking the public for their help in identifying suspects or providing additional information regarding the following crimes. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gahanna Division of Police at 614.342.4240.
Gahanna PD Offers Tips to Help Protect Your Identity During This Tax Season
As tax season approaches, here are some tips and reminders to help protect you from identity theft. As a taxpayer you have “taxpayer rights” when it comes to making payments toward your taxes. A copy of the taxpayer Bill of Rights may be found on the IRS website. Becoming familiar on your rights may help you avoid being scammed by someone falsely representing themselves as an IRS Agent. There are many ways to verify whether the the person calling to represent themselves as an IRS agent is legitimate or someone trying to scam you out of your personal information and money. Here are a few examples:
They require you to go immediately and purchase gift cards or pre-paid cards to make a payment. Often times they will require you to call them back and provide the card numbers over the telephone.
• Scammers often times threaten that you will be arrested if you do not make a payment immediately.
• Scammers ask for credit card or debit card numbers over the phone.
Additional tips to protect your identity include:
• Shred documentation any obsolete financial information.
• Do not carry your social security card or your Individual Taxpayer Identification Number with you.
• Run a credit check on yourself once a year.
• Do not give anyone your social security number, unless you have business with them or you have done research to verify their true identity.
• Change passwords for accounts you have and do not use the same password for all of your accounts. Make sure accounts have passwords that contain letters, numbers and symbols.
Remember to keep in mind that the IRS will notify you in writing, prior to contacting you by telephone. It is not uncommon for the scammers to mask the phone number they are calling from, or “spoof” it to look like it is coming from the IRS. Often times, the Gahanna Police Department receives calls regarding people who have given out their personal information to scammers. If you have not verified the individual requesting information, be hesitant to give your personal information over the telephone. Consider getting the person or company’s information and then call them back once you have verified their identity.
Consumer Alert: Call Scam
The Gahanna Police department has received a number of calls from residents stating they have been contacted by telephone by individuals claiming to be representatives from the U.S. Treasury. These individuals calling are telling consumers they owe a significant debt and have 24 hours to pay it or legal action will be taken. Consumers should be aware this is a scam.
If you receive a call from someone claiming to be a representative from the U.S. Treasury, please report this information to the Ohio Attorney General's office at 614.466.4986.