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Tip of the Week for February 18 - Scammers Posing as the IRS - 02/14/19

Scammers posing as the IRS

As we get into tax season, the IRS is reminding taxpayers to be on the lookout for scam e-mails aimed at tricking you into disclosing personal and financial information that could be used to steal your identity and financial assets.  IRS does not send out unsolicited e-mails asking for personal information.

The IRS has seen a recent increase in these scams, many of which originate outside the United States.  To date, investigations have identified sites hosting hundreds of IRS-related phishing scams.  These scam websites have been found to originate in at least 20 different countries.

 Scammers claiming to be from the IRS, tell you that you are due a federal tax refund, and direct you to a website that appears to be a genuine IRS site.  The bogus sites contain forms or interactive web pages similar to IRS forms and web pages.

Don’t be fooled!  These sites and forms have been modified to request detailed personal and financial information from the e-mail recipients. E-mail addresses involving users in professional and educational communities seem to be heavily targeted.

The information obtained is then used to steal the taxpayer identity and financial assets.  Typically, identity thieves use someone’s personal data to empty the victim’s financial accounts, run up charges on the victim’s existing credit cards, apply for new loans, credit cards, services or benefits in the victim’s name and even file fraudulent tax returns.

The IRS does not send out unsolicited e-mails or ask for detailed personal information.  Additionally, the IRS never asks people for their PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret access information for their credit card, bank or other financial accounts. The IRS primarily uses the mail when they need to notify you regarding any tax-related matter. They do not phone you late at night, or text you.

 For more information on phishing (suspicious e-mails) and identity theft, visit the IRS Web site at www.irs.gov .

For information on preventing or handling the aftermath of identity theft, visit the Federal Trade Commission Web sites at www.consumer.gov/idtheft and www.OnGuardOnline.gov (and click on Topics).

Please report the fraudulent misuse of the IRS name, logo, forms or other IRS property by calling the Treasury inspector General for Tax Administration toll-free hotline at 1-800-366-4484.

For more information and tips, visit our web site at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

Attached Media Files: Scammers_Posing_as_the_IRS.pdf
Pretrial TAPS Open House Feb. 25th - 02/13/19

Pretrial TAPS Open House          

TAPS = Transition and Programming Services

Your Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office would like you to attend an Open House to introduce the new Pretrial TAPS Facility. We are happy to report that we obtained use of this residential duplex and programming area. With funding assistance from our local Community Justice and general fund approval from our Board of Commissioners, as well as support from Health and Human Services and all departments of the county, this duplex was remodeled and furnished to accommodate up to nine individuals.

Housing is a very important component to our Pretrial Justice Program. We know that individuals who have adequate housing are more likely to show up for future court dates and not reoffend.  These individuals have a better chance of a successful transition out of jail.  This project would not have been possible without the excellent partnerships from all involved and is another example of working together to successfully address a community issue.       

 

 Monday February 25th at 35 NW Cottage Street in Newport

Noon to 3pm Remarks and program begin at 12:30             /     Refreshments will be served   /

 parking available @American Legion

Attached Media Files: Open_House.pub
Tip of the Week for February 11 - Cold Weather Safety - 02/07/19

COLD WEATHER SAFETY TIPS

As temperatures drop this winter, the Red Cross shares these ten steps to help you stay safe during cold weather.

1. Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.

2. Don’t forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.

3. Remember the three feet rule. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.

4. Supervision Required – Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.

5. Don’t catch fire! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.

6. Protect your pipes. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.

7. Better safe than sorry. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.

8. The kitchen is for cooking. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.

9. Use generators outside. Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.

10. Knowledge is power. Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.

For more information and tips, visit our web site at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

Attached Media Files: 021119-Cold_Weather_Safety.pdf
Traffic safety enforcement blitz scheduled for February 4th through the 18th - 02/01/19

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office will be joining other police agencies throughout Oregon to enforce traffic safety laws with a focus on occupant protection laws.  The enforcement blitz is funded by the Oregon Department of Transportation.  Deputies will be out in force on Lincoln County roadways working overtime shifts enforcing traffic safety laws including traffic laws related to safety belt/child safety seat restraint systems use and distracting driving.

For information regarding occupant protection laws visit: https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/Safety/Pages/Belts-Seats.aspx 

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Respectfully Submitted by:

Mark Meister, Administrative Patrol Sergeant

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

225 W. Olive St.

Newport, Oregon 97365

Phone: 541-265-0684

Fax: 541-265-4917

mmeister@co.lincoln.or.us

Tip of the Week for February 4 - Documenting Your Valuables - 01/31/19

DOCUMENTING YOUR VALUABLES

Lincoln County is no different than other areas of the state in that we can all become victims of theft and burglary.  Unfortunately, these crimes occur all over Lincoln County on a daily basis.  It’s important to make sure you take steps to prevent thefts or burglaries, but in the event they do occur, it’s important to have your valuables documented. 

Documenting your valuables will help law enforcement solve the crime and possibly return your items. It will also help you identify what is missing so you can provide a list to law enforcement and your insurance company.  This means all items of value, including firearms, jewelry, tools, electronics, furniture, etc. 

Digital cameras can document your items electronically very easily.  Store the information away someplace safe so you can recover it if ever needed.  This could be a DVD, thumb drive, SD card, “cloud” storage, etc.  If you are the victim of a crime and can give the police the serial numbers of your stolen property, the items can be entered into the law enforcement computer system. When this is accomplished, the odds of your property being returned to you greatly increases.  It may even turn up in another jurisdiction during an unrelated search warrant, in a pawnshop, or even during a traffic stop.

If an officer runs the serial number to an item, and it is stolen, he or she can seize the item and contact the investigating agency. In many instances when a crime has been committed and there are no investigative leads, the case has been solved because of one documented serial number.

We know that people shouldn’t have to go to this kind of trouble, but the plain fact of the matter is that we should.  So please do your part to make it more difficult for those who prey on others.  Take a few moments to mark and document your valuables.

For more information and tips, visit our web site at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

 

Tip of the Week for January 28 - "Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk" - 01/24/19

"Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk"  

It's time for Super Bowl Sunday!!  February 3rd, 2019. No matter which team you are rooting for, everyone should agree that "Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk".  That's the campaign from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to help keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. They are encouraging everyone to take part in making sure that football fans across the nation do not drop the ball on this issue.

In most states, drivers are considered alcohol-impaired if they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. (Utah recently went to .05 or higher) Drunk driving can be deadly; and even small amounts of alcohol can impair judgement to make driving unsafe According to the latest figures available from NHTSA, 37,133 people died in traffic crashes in 2017, and 29 percent of those killed, or 10,874, were due to drunk driving. Drunk driving deaths decreased 1.1 percent from 2016, according to revised estimates of 10,996 alcohol-related fatalities for 2016.

Be sure to have a game plan for the night so friends and family know who the designated driver will be. We want to encourage fans to turn over their keys to a sober driver – our vote for game MVP – before they begin drinking. Drunk driving can result in serious crashes, injuries or death. If you don’t have an MVP to make sure folks get home safely, consider other ride options. There are many other ways to ensure a safe ride home besides relying on a friend. The options include using public transportation, calling a taxi, or using a rideshare program.

This Super Bowl weekend, sober designated drivers should be sure to carry the ball and refrain from drinking alcohol. Be a team player and help keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel.  Don't fumble!  Remember: Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk.

For more information and tips, visit our website at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.