Crime prevention reduces the opportunity for crime. Elk River’s Crime Prevention Unit develops and maintains programs designed to help reduce crime through education and awareness. By partnering with the community on various programs like Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch, Home Alone classes and Seniors and Law Enforcement Together, just to name a few, we can all work together to build a community where residents are involved, stay informed and all work together to reduce the opportunity for crime in our city.
Even though scammers call year round, calls regarding the IRS pick up this time of year because of tax time. By following and sharing the tips below, you and your family members will be less likely to become a victim of the IRS SCAM!
- The IRS will never call to demand immediate payment, nor will the IRS call about taxes you owe without first mailing you a bill. If you get a live or prerecorded call claiming to be from the IRS and demanding payment right away, hang up. If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, you can call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040 to explore your options.
- The IRS will never ask to be paid by prepaid debit card, gift card, iTunes card or by wire transfer.
- The IRS will never threaten to send local police or other law enforcement groups to arrest you or have a warrant put out for your arrest.
- Don’t trust your caller ID. Scammers can make caller ID look like anyone is calling: the IRS, a business or government office…even your own phone number. If they tell you to pay money for any reason, or ask for your financial account numbers, hang up. If you think the caller might be legitimate, call back to a number you know is genuine – not the number the caller gave you.
- Hang up on robocalls. If you pick up the phone and hear a recorded sales pitch, hang up and report it to the FTC. These calls are illegal.
- Talk to someone. Before you give up money or information, talk to someone you trust. Scammers want you to make decisions in a hurry. Slow down, check out the story, search online – or just tell a friend.
SCAM ALERT: A private company from the southern United States has been soliciting businesses nationwide, but as close to us as Rogers, MN. They solicit by email and phone for a monetary donation/payment for a school fundraiser. There is a contract involved, and after you pay the company they send a large quantity of logo shirts to your local school. The school is supposed to sell them and keep all of the profits. The problem with this is that it is not a school sanctioned fundraiser. The school does not even know anything about it until the shirts arrive, and they are not able to sell the shirts for a variety of reasons. Please do not get involved with any of these solicitations. If you are curious about school fundraisers please call the School District Office where you live or work and inquire if they have sanctioned the fundraiser.