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Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office to host "Surviving an Active Threat" seminar - 03/21/17

On June 10th, 2017 the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office will host a seminar titled,
"Surviving an Active Threat: A Civilian Response."

With the growing number of terrorist and active killer events happening in our nation, Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson feels now more than ever is the time for the public to get educated on what to do should they ever experience this ever growing crisis. We are offering this training for citizens to learn how to prepare themselves and their families should they ever come face to face with an active threat, whether it be in a school, a business, a grocery store or simply walking down the street. The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office would like to invite you to this one day training seminar geared towards the citizens of Cowlitz County.

Topics will include:
Troubling trends in active killer events
Human Crisis Response
Mental/physical preparation
Methods of Survival
Law enforcement/civilian crisis interaction
Practice Scenarios

This classroom based training will provide real world examples and responses to active threat events and give you an opportunity to experience different survival methods when faced with an active threat.

Registration is only $20 per person, lunch is included.

For questions or registration contact Deputy Jordan Spencer at the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office or email at spencerj@co.Cowlitz.wa.us.

Tips on how to avoide being the victim of an IRS fraud scheme - Cowlitz County Sheriff - 03/01/17

The Cowlitz County Sheriff: Now that we are in full swing of the Tax season, the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office want to help the pubic with the following tips on how they can avoid being a victim of a Fraudulent Tax Scheme.

TIPS:

Con artists impersonating IRS agents were involved in a quarter of all the consumer fraud incidents reported to the Better Business Bureau last year, making it by far the most common financial scam. With the new tax-filing season underway, now is the time to be especially vigilant. The varieties of IRS scams are abundant, but it is more important to discuss AVOIDING ant traps.

Digital communication is never allowed. The IRS will never initiate contact with you via email, text message or social media, nor will they request personal or financial information over those channels. If you do get an email communication purporting to be from the IRS don't click on any links or open any attachments. Instead, forward the email to phishing@irs.gov.

Physical mail will always come first. The first contact from the real IRS will be through the mail. If you get a letter from the IRS that is unexpected or suspicious, it should have a form or notice number searchable on the IRS website, www.irs.gov. Compare what you find there with what you received. If it doesn't look right, you can call the IRS help desk at 1-800-829-1040 to question it.

Never pay by phone. A legitimate IRS agent will never make a call to demand immediate payment of a bill or ask you to provide your debit or credit card information over the phone. If you are suspicious, ask for the employee's name, badge number and phone number. A real IRS agent won't hesitate to provide this information. You can then politely end the call and dial the IRS at 1-800-366-4484 to confirm the person's identity