Richland County Sheriff Warns Public of Tax Scams

Richland County Sheriff Steve Sheldon is reminding the public with tax season here to watch out for scams.

How to Prevent Becoming a Victim. The following steps can help prevent you from becoming a victim of a tax related scam.

 * Be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls, visits, or email messages from individuals asking for information. Always verify.
 

* Do not reveal information about you that can give the suspect credibility in future correspondence.
 

*Do not reveal financial information in email, do not respond to email solicitations, confirm with sender by alternative means to directly verify legitimacy of request.
 

 * Pay attention to the URL of website links. Hover over the link to ensure legitimacy, beware of spelling variations.
 

 * The IRS will not initiate contact via email DO NOT REPLY to emails purporting to be from the IRS; the IRS initiates contact via mail.

 

As always, you may contact the Richland County Sheriff’s Office if you think you’ve been a victim or you are suspicious of a tax related scam by calling dispatch at 419-524-2412.

A warning sign warning about Scam in road ahead.

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