Several citizens of the Barnesville / Lamar County area have received calls claiming to be from the I.R.S. about delinquent taxes. The Internal Revenue Service has posted repeated warnings about tax phone frauds, in which criminals call consumers pretending to be agents from the I.R.S.
The impostors claim the taxpayer owes back taxes, then threaten arrest or legal action, unless the individual makes a payment quickly. Sometimes victims are urged to wire money, but more commonly they are directed to obtain a prepaid money card at a retailer and provide the number to the caller. The callers are aggressive, they are relentless and they are ruthless.
Most calls start out with statements such as: “This call is officially a final notice from the I.R.S., Internal Revenue Service. The reason of this call is to inform you that I.R.S. is filing a lawsuit against you.”
The callers strive to appear authentic; they may use robocalling technology that shows “I.R.S.” on your caller identification screen. They may know part or all of your Social Security number and they may provide a fake I.R.S. “badge” number. In some cases, follow-up calls may come, supposedly from local police or prosecutors.
The I.R.S. does not initiate contact through phone or email, but rather sends written correspondence through the United States mail. The I.R.S. does not call people nor does it initiate contact through phone or email, but rather sends written correspondence through the United States Mail.
If you are concerned that you owe , you should contact the I.R.S. directly at 800-829-1040.
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The Department of Defense announced on Sunday that a young soldier from Griffin, Georgia serving in Kuwait was killed in a non-combat related incident while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
PFC. Monterrious T. Daniel, 19, died June 12 in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, in a non-combat related incident. PFC Daniel will be flown to the Upson Thomaston Airport at 1 pm Monday where a transfer will be made from a military air craft to Bentley and Sons hearse with full military honors. The processional will then travel from the airport Thomaston to Bentley and Sons Funeral Home there.
PFC Daniel was assigned to 68 th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, of the 43rd Sustainment Brigade, under the 4th Infantry Division, at Fort Carson, Colorado.
Funeral Services will be held at noon Wednesday in Thomaston at the Thomaston Civic Center. Interment will be in Talbot County at New Hope Cemetery in Talbotton, Georgia.
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Fogarty was found dead at his home Tuesday.
Survivors include his father, Robert Fogarty; wife, Stephanie Fogarty; daughter, Lauren Fogarty; and son, Dalton Fogarty.
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