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!| liBlPgmltlmliallim I!lllflllilllll t[lllllliUl|llltl II I | i:HlLllpIHlililil SENTINEL TRIBUNE On Record Wednesday, September 23, 2009 Page 2 Better Business Bureau issues Birth IRS phishing scam alert The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is warning the public of a new IRS phishing seam making the rounds online. Unknown parties are send- ing out e-mails which appear to be from the Internal Revenue Service. The emails claim to be regarding unreported/ underreported income. The BBB is urging people not to open these e-mails. The IRS does not send ran- dom emails if it needs to communicate an urgent issue, they instead send notices through the U.S. Mail and these notices con- tain a phone number that recipients can call for con- firmation• Clicking on hyperlinks could take unsuspecting users - and their computers - to places that may be unsafe, not secure, and will most likely attempt to get people to compromise personal, sen- sitive information. If you receive an e-mail from someone claiming to be the IRS or directing you to an IRS Web site; the IRS advises the following: *Do not reply• *Do not open any attach- ments. Attachments may contain malicious code that will infect your computer. *Do not click on any links• If you clicked on links in a suspicious e-mail or phishing Web site and entered confidential infor- mation, visit the IRS&apos;s Identity Theft page at www.irs.gov Recipients of e-mails claiming to be from the IRS can also use the following steps to report the e-mail or Web site to the IRS: *Forward the email or Web site URL to hish- ing@irs.gov You can forward the mes- sage as received or provide the Internet header of the e- mail. The Internet header has additional information to help the IRS locate the sender. After you forward the e- mail or header information to the IRS, delete the mes- sage. A copy of the email con- sumers are receiving is pasted below.' From: Internal Revenue Service [mailto:no- reply@irs.gov] Sent: Wednesday, September 09, 2009 2:45 PM To: XXXXXX Subject: Notice of Underreported Income Taxpayer ID: smith- 00000174073547US Tax Type: INCOME TAX Issue: Unreported/ Underreported Income (Fraud Application) Please review your tax statement on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website (click on the link below): XXXXX SCAM HYPER- LINK HERE-(removed by BBB for safety reasons) Internal Revenue Service The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is a private, non-profit organization pro- viding services to con- sumers and businesses• The focus of the BBB's activity is to promote an ethical marketplace by encouraging honest advertising and sell- ing practices, and offering dispute resolution. For more information on the Better Business Bureau, or to nominate a company for an Integrity Award, visit the Bureau's Web site at www.thefirstbbb.org or call 651-699-1111, toll-free 800-646-6222• Force One Eyents00llnC. not authenticate byt he BBB The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is warning the public of a Minnesota-based work-at- home offer which appears to have been authenticated by the BBB -- but has not! The BBB has received complaints against a Woodbury, Minnesota com- pany called Force One Events, Inc. The company, which has an F rating with the BBB, advertises through a Web site (www.3hour- profits.corn <http://www.3hourprofits.c om> ), which claims to guarantee consumers they can earn income within three hours of signing up for their service, at a cost of $39. The company's Web site offers no details on how the program operates or what customers will actual- ly do to earn income. Force One Events, Inc. has responded to some com- plainants who contacted the Better Business Bureau seeking refunds, by saying that refunds are only grant- ed to individuals who have actually applied the compa= ny's program for a period of 60 days and have followed their daily schedule in the program. The company also offered to continue to pro- vide customers with ongo- ing technical support. Other complaints remain unanswered. There's also a section of the company's Web site which lists an endorsement from an organization called BBB Reviews.org. This organization is NOT affili- ated with the Better Business Bureau in any way. BBB Reviews.org is an online service of unknown origin which claims.that it 'investigates work from home Internet schemes daily,' and also purports to rank the top 5 offers consumers can trust. However, it has been the experience of the Better Business Bureau that virtu- ally all work-at-home offers are not legitimate and the only ones who profit from offers like these are the peo- ple making the offers. The Better Business Bureau is advising cus- tomers to be leery of any money-making offers that sound too good to be true, and provides the following tips to identify work-at- home offers. Work-at-home offers will: • Never offer you regula salaried employment. • Promise you huge prof- its and big part-time eam- ings. • Use personal testimoni- als but never identify the person so that you can check with, tem. Require money for instructions or merchandise before telling you 1˘/5W the plan operates. • Assure you of guaran- teed markets and a huge demand for your handi- work. • Tell you that no experi- ence is necessary. Often have misspelled words on their Web sites. Take your money and give you little or nothing in return except heartbreak and grief. The best rule of thumb for consumers: anytime you are asked to pay in advance to obtain a job it is not a legitimate offer of employ- ment. The BBB advises victims of work-at-home schemes to ask the company for a refund; if that request is refused, customers should tell the company they plan to notify law enforcement officials. Customers should also keep careful records of everything they do to recov- er their money. Document phone calls, keep copies of all p aperwq..Su&s [- ters and rec!p(; it all costs invd,-iaehilg the time spent trying-.to receive a refund. If the com- pany refuses to provide a refund, customers should contact: The Better Business Bureau; the Federal Trade Commission; the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; your state Attorney General's office or the office in the state where the company is located; the advertising manager of the publication that ran the ad the customer answered, or if the offer was found online, contact www.ic3.gov Reach 2,5 Million Readers by placing just ONE ad with your Io001 newspaper , It's Easy , H's Effective , It's Affordable Expand your market and increase )'our profits by advertising in newspapers all over the state through the Minnesota 2x2 Display Ad Network. Miranda Anne Mischke Dale and Tammy Mischke are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Miranda Anne on March 16, 2009. She weighed 7 lbs. and was 20 inches long. Miranda was welcomed home by her two sisters Alex and Cassidy and her brother Ethan. Grandparents are James and Gloria Tighe of Bloomfield, Nebraska and Leon and Annette Mischke of Westbrook. COURT NEWS COTTONWOOD COUNTY DISRTICT COURr September 14-18, 2009 Speeding: $110.00 - David William Schaefer, Sioux Falls, SD $120.00 - Guissepe Alexis Flores, Windom, MN; Kathryn Alane Stedronsky, Chaska, MN; Michael Steven Curley, Windom, MN; Kristen Marie Weniger, Eagan, MN $130.00 David A. Berntson, Dresser, WI; Joe Manuel Lugo, Jr., Mt. Lake, MN; Norman Adolph Steuck; Jose Ulises Saravia, St. Paul, MN $140.00 Gregory Earl Rudy, Albertville, MN; Kristi Kay Knutson, Magnolia, MN; Andrey V. Vasilevskiy, Sioux Falls, SD; Allison Lynn Haugen, Lamberton, MN $220.00 - Mitchell Von Morris, San Jose, CA; Bounhieng Southivilay, Brooklyn Center, MN DWI: $580.00 - James Alan Redding, Port Charlotte, FL, 30 days stayed for 6 mon., no misd. viol. or > for 6 mon., 6 mon. unsup, prob.; 605.00 - Chad Arvid Anderson, Jeffers, MN, No misd. viol., chem. eval./trtmnt./ foil. rec. of eval., attend MADD Imp. Pan., 90 days stayed for 1 yr., 1 yr. super- vised prob.; Francisco Javier Mendez, Windom, MN, no misd. or > viol. for 1 yr., comp. chem assment, w/in 30 days, attend MADD Imp. Pan, 90 days stayed for 1 yr., 1 yr. sup. prob. Seat belt: $105.00 Wendell Alphons Fredin, Comfrey, MN; Alex James Peiffer, Windom, MN; Travis Tyler Haldeman, Mt. Lake, MN Failure to stop: $130.00 - Brandon Allen Linscheid, St. James, MN Driving w/o valid license: Sergio Palomo, Comfrey, MN, 30 days conf. 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