In the unfortunate circumstance that you are a victim of identity theft, you’ve got to take the proper steps quickly.

  1. Contact one of the three credit bureaus. Whichever bureau you contact is required by law to contact the other two.
    1. Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
    2. Experian: 1-888-397-3742
    3. TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289
  2. Report the crime to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). You can do this by going to www.ftc.gov or by calling 1-877-ID-THEFT.
  3. Contact any other government agencies affected. Agencies to consider:
    1. Postal Inspection Services if you believe an identity thief has used a change of address form.
    2. The Social Security Administration if an identity thief may be using your Social Security number.
    3. The Internal Revenue Service if you think you may be a victim of tax or employment fraud.
  4. Contact any businesses or accounts that may be involved: the location your items were stolen, accounts with fraudulent charges, businesses that leaked your information, etc.
  5. File a police report. You can turn to your local police department or file in the community where your identity was stolen.

 

https://www.lifelock.com/education/identity-theft-protection-2/basic-steps/

Scam artists adopt false identities as a way to extract personal information from their targets or to plant destructive software into a person’s computer.

The IRS never contacts people via email or phone.

They often pretend to be IRS agents, informing their targets of problems with their returns or refunds and telling them that the only solution is to send their Social Security numbers or bank account information.

Once they have a Social Security number in hand, the scammers can file a phony tax return in the victim's name, claiming a large refund and having it sent to a false address.

One of the surest signs of a scam is when tax preparers make unrealistic promises, guaranteeing huge payouts, regardless of an individual’s financial situation.

Another way is they are telling people their payments are rejected. Asking for another credit card or insisting that they wire the money immediately or risk imprisonment.  

They claim that the IRS is holding their money because of scammers. They will request their personal information to ensure they are speaking with the actual client due the refund and then will release the funds to them.

If you receive a suspicious email that appears to come from TurboTax, forward it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can investigate.

Taxpayers also need to be wary of ghost preparers, unlicensed companies or websites whose only goal is to take advantage of their so-called clients.

You should use only a tax service that is well-known, established or registered with the IRS.

You can contact A.A.R.P. for tax help who will prepare a simple return at no cost for low income households. Check below for locations to get assistance:

https://secure.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action

If you suspect that you are the victim of a scam, contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 1-800-908-4490. Suspicious emails should be forwarded to the IRS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Sources:
Intuit Turbo Tax
Internal Revenue Service

Scam Alert

There is a man and woman team going around posing as Georgia power workers and stealing property from homes and vehicles in the area. They claim they need to install a new power pole and as the female distracts the victim the man goes through the home and vehicles taking property. They then take the jewelry or other items and take them to pawn shops. Their primary targets are elderly. They are believed to be traveling in a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado with North Carolina Tags “SONNY1”.

If this couple just shows up and attempts to speak with you claiming they are from Georgia Power please call 911 Immediately.

 

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A Continental Breakfast is provided for our Vendors!!!
We ask that all vendors provide a door prize.

The FEE for this 2017 event is $100.00 and must be received no later than Monday, March 20, 2017

This amount includes one (1) 6’ table and two (2) chairs; you will be responsible for your own table linens. 
We have limited electrical booths available.  It will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and will cost an additional $25.00.

EARLY REGISTRATION FINAL DATE IS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2017.  Early registration enters you into a drawing for a FREE ($100 value) certificate which pays your entry fee for the 2018 Extravaganza! 

Please email the completed registration form to Adelle Mickelson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail with your check to the address listed below.  Once your registration has been received an invoice will be electronically generated and sent to the email address you have provided.  If you have not already mailed your check with the registration form, you can then either pay electronically via credit card at that time or mail your payment with a copy of the invoice to the address listed below.

Cherokee Triad S.A.L.T. Council
c/o Adelle Mickelson
P.O. Box 5774
Canton, GA 30114

Questions:  Call Adelle Mickelson at 404-218-5930. 

Don’t forget, due date for registration is Monday, March 20, 2017.

 

Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you at the Extravaganza!

 

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PLATINUM:  $2,500

 

  • Two (2) tables with electricity, prime location; Two (2) chairs
  • Logo on all banners at the event
  • Recognition plaque and certificate of appreciation
  • Listed in all advertisements as a Platinum sponsor
  • Listed on company letterhead 

 


GOLD:  $1,000

 

  • One (1) table with electricity; Two (2) chairs
  • Select your location in the exhibit hall
  • Logo on the banners at the event
  • Listed in all event publicity as a Gold sponsor 
  • Recognition plaque

 


SILVER:  $500

 

  • One  (1) table with electricity; two (2) chairs
  • Logo on the banners at the event
  • Listed in all event publicity as a Silver sponsor
  • Framed letter of appreciation

 


BRONZE:  $350

 

  • One (1) table; two (2) chairs
  • Logo on the banners at the event
  • Certificate of appreciation

 

 

Deadline for sponsorships:  3/17/17

Please email your sponsorship level to Adelle Mickelson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. -  404-218-5930