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Shred360 is providing consumers with free shred days all week long in support of Consumer Protection Week (March 5-11). We are partnering with South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs for these events. The links below provides event locations and times. identity theft is a crime that causes many frustrations. The ability to destroy your most confidential information in a secure and economical fashion is paramount in protecting yourself from becoming a victim…

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Tax season is here and the criminals are at it again. SC Department of Consumer Affairs has provided a wonderful “Spotlight” page that outlines things to consider when dealing with IRS related matters.   Read below and “SHARE” this article to protect yourself as well as friends and family…

Click Here to read the “Spot Light”

If you believe you’ve been the victim of identity theft, contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800-908-4490 right away so they can take steps to secure your tax account and match your SSN or ITIN.

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Jordan Bennett

Thanks to our friends at the SC Dept of Consumer Affairs for sharing this great information. Lots of useful info packed into this brochure! Please share with anyone you know that may have been affected by the recent flooding here in SC.

Click on the link below to view the brochure…

FLOOD AND DISASTER SCAM BROCHURE

More Helpful Info from the SC Dept of Consumer Affairs:

Avoid Fraudulent Charities…

  • Seek out a charity that needs your support. Be cautious of groups that may approach you. Check them out at www.sos.sc.gov to search a particular charity.
  • Donate to well-known charities. Watch for charities that spring up overnight. Double check the name of the charities…many phony charities use similar sounding names.
  • Who’s Calling? They must disclose the fact that they are a paid solicitor, details of the charity, and the name of the fundraising organization they work for.
  • Know where the money is going. Ask what percentage goes to the actual cause. Don’t be afraid to ask for details in writing.
  • Do not provide personal or financial info to cold callers.
  • Do not send or give cash. Contribute by check or credit card.

When Seeking Help for Repairs…

  • Beware of contractors who just show up at the door. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Get all promises in writing. Verbal promises are worthless.
  • Do not be pressured into buying. Get at least two bids for the work.
  • Require a contractor’s license and proper identification. Also get the car/truck license number.
  • Never pay in full up front. And don’t let payments get ahead of the work.

 

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flood scam update

 

As promised, Shred360 continues to bring you the latest news on current flood scams, known scammers, and what you need to continue to do to protect yourself following the recent flooding throughout South Carolina. If you, or anyone you know, has been impacted by the recent flooding, you MUST read and share this information with them.

Scammers Posing as United Methodist Church Group

If you missed our earlier update, click here to read of this known, ongoing scam in our area. Scammers are posing as a church organization seeking funds.

Have You Seen This Man?

paul cushman

A man from Lexington County is wanted for duping a flood victim in Sumter. According to Sumter Police, Paul Cushman,48, poised as a home repair man and got money from a Sumter resident to do work at the home.

Cushman got a check and said he would return the next day. He then cashed the check worth more than $2,000, but never returned. Cushman will be charged with obtaining goods under false pretenses between $2,000 and $10,000.

Sumter Police say Cushman is wanted in multiple jurisdictions and has a long criminal history involving fraud. Anyone with any information on his whereabouts is urged to call Sumter Police at 803-436-2700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

I’m From the IRS and I’m Here to Help….No, Really!  

Read this important alert from the IRS about flood scammers…. It’s chocked full of great info!

The Internal Revenue Service today issued a consumer alert about possible fake charity scams emerging due to severe flooding this month in South Carolina and neighboring states.

“When making donations to assist flood victims in South Carolina and elsewhere, taxpayers should take steps to ensure their hard-earned money goes to legitimate and currently eligible charities,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “IRS.gov has the tools taxpayers need to check out the status of charitable organizations.”

Following major disasters, it is common for scam artists to impersonate charities to get money or private information from well-intentioned taxpayers. Such fraudulent schemes may involve contact by telephone, social media, email or in-person solicitations.

The IRS cautions people wishing to make disaster-related charitable donations to avoid scam artists by following these tips:

  • To help disaster victims, donate to recognized charities.
  • Be wary of charities with names that are similar to familiar or nationally known organizations. Some phony charities use names or websites that sound or look like those of respected, legitimate organizations. The IRS website at IRS.gov has a search feature, Exempt Organizations Select Check, through which people may find legitimate, qualified charities; donations to these charities may be tax-deductible. Legitimate charities may also be found on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website at fema.gov.
  • Don’t give out personal financial information — such as Social Security numbers or credit card and bank account numbers and passwords — to anyone who solicits a contribution from you. Scam artists may use this information to steal your identity and money.
  • Don’t give or send cash. For security and tax record purposes, contribute by check or credit card or another way that provides documentation of the gift.
  • If you plan to make a contribution for which you would like to claim a deduction, see IRS Publication 526, Charitable Contributions, to read about the kinds of organizations that can receive deductible contributions.

Bogus websites may solicit funds for disaster victims. Such fraudulent sites frequently mimic the sites of, or use names similar to, legitimate charities, or claim to be affiliated with legitimate charities in order to persuade members of the public to send money or provide personal financial information that can be used to steal identities or financial resources.

Additionally, scammers often send email that steers the recipient to bogus websites that appear to be affiliated with legitimate charitable causes.

Taxpayers suspecting disaster-related frauds by email should visit IRS.gov and search for the keywords “Report Phishing.”

More information about tax scams and schemes may be found at IRS.gov using the keywords “scams and schemes.”

 

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flood scam alert

Shred360 has just been made aware that the Scams Are Now Here! From our friends at the SC Conference of the United Methodist Church:

WARNING: A scam email is going around from someone claiming to be Bishop Holston requesting funds for flood relief. Be aware that the Bishop’s office will not send out emails requesting funds in this way. While unfortunate, the reality is that there are people who will try and take advantage of the flooding for personal gain.

Please be careful and do not send any funds or give out any personal information without first verifying the authenticity of the request. If you have doubts, it’s always a safe idea to call the conference center and confirm any request (803)-786-9486.

The conference is currently collecting flood relief funds, but all gifts should be given through the conference website or mailed directly to the conference treasurer.

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