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‘Tis the season for fraudulent phone calls

Amy Roby

About a year ago, I wrote a column about some suspicious calls I’d received. The caller claimed to be from the U.S Treasury Department of Legal Affairs, said she was calling about some unresolved financial issues, and threatened that failing to return her call would result in “serious consequences for you.”

I did an online search of the number the woman provided and quickly learned that many others had been recipients of a similar call. I reported the call and the phone number to the Federal Trade Commission, and the calls stopped.

Here we are a year later and the calls have started up again. The script has changed slightly; now the only way out of trouble is to call the number back to speak with a “federal agent.” Ignoring the message will result in a need to appear before a “magistrate judge” or a “grand jury.”

Another tactic is to threaten with action by local police or other law enforcement agencies for failure to meet a caller’s demands. I’ve even heard stories of people being told on the spot, “the police are waiting outside your door and will arrest you if you don’t comply.”

It bears repeating that if you are ever on the receiving end of one of these calls (or receive a similar type of email, text message, etc.), don’t ever provide any personal information about yourself or your finances. Gather as many details as you can from the caller or email and report the call to the FTC: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-1.

You can also file a report with the IRS: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing.

Elks host Citizen of the Year celebration

The Tahoe/Douglas Elks will announce their annual Citizen of the Year on March 26 during a special dinner at the lodge, 1227 Kimmerling Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

This annual event recognizes and honors an individual who has made significant and positive contributions to our community and is open to the public.

The Elks will serve Napa Valley Chicken with all the trimmings. Social hour starts at 5 p.m. Dinner is at 6 with a formal presentation to follow. Cost is $15 per person and advance reservations are required.

To sign up, please call Rich or Mary Retterer at 392-2249.

Green Ball Bash at CVGC

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Carson Valley Golf Course hosts a Green Ball Bash tournament Saturday, starting with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Format is 4-person scramble; players can “Shank it in the Shamrock” to shave a stroke, experience a “Big Bunker Bonus,” and kiss the Blarney Stone. Three items donated to the Carson Valley Community Food Closet will earn a mulligan. In keeping with the Irish spirit, golfers are encouraged to wear green.

$45 includes a green fee, golf cart, potato soup and corned beef sandwich, and prize fund. Season pass holders, regular fees plus $20.

For more information or to sign up, call Carson Valley Golf Course at 265-3181. CVGC is located at 1027 Riverview Drive.

Amy Roby can be reached at ranchosroundup@hotmail.com.