The Internal Revenue Service today issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return preparer fraud.
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The Lawrence Police Department would like to notify the Community of an on going scam targeting area residents. The “target” will receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the electric, gas, or cable company. The caller will demand money for an over due bill, or a special program payment. They will direct the “target” to go to a local chain store or pharmacy and put money on a MoneyPak (or other prepaid credit card). The “target” is then told to give the caller the numbers on the back of the card. This drains the funds from the card, and the “target” has lost that money. If you receive a similar call, you are asked to contact your utility provider directly (find the phone number on line or on your utility bill), or contact the Lawrence Police Detective Division at 978-794-5900 ext. 625.