Be Aware of Common Tax Scams this Tax Season

first_imgTax season provides the ideal opportunity for scam artists to prey on unsuspecting tax payers. These scams come in many forms, but the most common are described below.The most commonly reported tax scam in the Vanderburgh County area involves potential victims receiving phone calls and recorded messages from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The fake IRS agent states this is the “final attempt” to contact the victim regarding a pending lawsuit against them. Potential victims are given a fraudulent number to contact the IRS, where presumably the victim will be asked to wire money or provide a pre-paid debit card number to settle back taxes. These con artists range from amateurish to highly sophisticated. Many posses basic background information concerning their victims and have the ability to “spoof” caller ID’s to make it appear a call is coming from the IRS.Sheriff Dave Wedding stated, “If you have any doubt about the identity of an official who calls you on the phone, get the official’s name, hang up, and then call the agency back at a phone number you know to be correct.”As anyone with an email account undoubtedly knows, the internet is a never ending source for fraudulent solicitations. Fake emails from the IRS (which often include a link to a fraudulent IRS web site) will direct the victim to “update your IRS e-file immediately.” The emails often look realistic and contain “gov” designations within the email in order to bolster credibility.On their offical website, the IRS reminds taxpayers that the agency will never:1) Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.2) Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.3) Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.4) Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.5) Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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“READERS FORUM” AUGUST 9, 2017

first_img WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?We hope that todays “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we as responsible citizens of this community need to address in a rational and responsible way?Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you feel by Deaconess Hospital changing the name of its downtown location it will improve the health care in that location?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisers.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Work continues at site of fatal crash at Hoboken train terminal

first_imgHOBOKEN — As National Transportation Safety Board workers continue to investigate a September train crash that took the life of a young mother, NJ Transit workers are still fixing the area around the track. Commuters in the station are still diverted into the waiting room rather than being allowed to walk near the track. This was the scene a week ago. 1 / 2    2 / 2  ❮ ❯ ×  1 / 2    2 / 2  ❮ ❯last_img

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Quiet Festival Returns to Ocean City This Weekend

first_imgStar Ledger reporter Lisa Ryan and guinea pig Skyler faced off for the chomp-off title amid shreds of lettuce and cheers from the crowd as part of Ocean City’s annual Quiet Festival in 2014. Photo by Jerry LukasOcean City’s tribute to all things soothing, serene and silent — the annual Quiet Festival — takes place on Friday and Saturday on an appropriately quiet weekend in November.Quiet Festival opening ceremonies are set for the Gazebo Park across from City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue starting at noon on Friday (Nov 13).The Quiet Pet Contest, Snore at Shore, Turtle Singers, Beadamania and many other quiet events will be held in the Senior Center at the Ocean City Community Center, 17th Street and Simpson Avenue, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 14).See full schedule in the PDF below.This year, the young participants in the Ocean City Tabernacle After School Program will get a head start on quiet festivities.Ken Thorpe and his paper airplane making and flying crew will visit the program from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 12). They will show children how to make paper airplanes and then fly them. Children will attempt to toss their paper airplanes though a Bull’s Eye Target set up by Thorpe. This event is only for children in the program. Download (PDF, 123KB)last_img read more

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In Short

first_img== Anglesey mill start-up ==Anglesey farmer Huw Owen is due to open an £80,000 mill and oil press in the autumn in an effort to add value to his crops. Bodelwa Farm in Ty Croes has traditionally grown feed-quality grain for local cattle farmers, but this year is growing 15 acres of oil seed rape, 18 acres for milling wheat, five acres of barley and three of linseed. The project is being part-funded by regeneration agency Menter Môn.== Welsh waffles ==Welsh bakery Tregroes Waffles has launched new packaging and branding across its range of products. The firm supplies all the major multiples in Wales and has national distribution with Waitrose and independent retailers. Available in packs of eight, the waffles come in toffee and chocolate flavours.== Cupcake clues ==Ex-supermodel Lorraine Pascale is to open her first cupcake shop, Ella’s Bakehouse, on Monday 20 July at The Piazza, Covent Garden, As a run-up, Pascale has been leaving cupcake clues, via Twitter, all over London for people to find and claim free cupcakes. Her cakes are also sold in Selfridges’ food hall.== Food sales rise ==Sales of food increased by 5.4% between April and June compared to the same period the previous year, thanks to the hot weather, according to the British Retail Consortium. Sales of picnic foods, such as quiches and other bakery products, did particularly well.== FSA update ==The Food Standards Agency has updated its list of products that do not contain the six food colours associated with possible hyperactivity in young children. Included are bakery goods from Jenny’s Home Baking, Beyond The Bean and Burton’s Foods.last_img read more

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No-deal Brexit could wipe £5.4bn off eating out sector

first_imgNo-deal Brexit could bring a sharp drop in consumer spending that would wipe billions off café and restaurant turnover, analysts have warned.Low consumer confidence has already brought a fall in eating-out frequency that has contributed to a 1.9% – or £1.4bn – drop in the value of the market, according to research from agency MCA Insight.A no-deal Brexit, which has become more likely in recent weeks, is likely to hit eating-out business owners and their suppliers even harder.“Brexit has already had a detrimental impact on the UK eating-out market. However, our forecasts predict even bigger problems if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal,” said MCA Insight data scientist Daljit Johal.“Rising inflation as a result of increased input prices will squeeze household incomes at a time when consumers are limiting discretionary spend. Saving is currently at a record low. However, we expect this to change as precautionary consumers save due to economic uncertainty. ”He added that a no-deal Brexit would reduce UK GDP by 4.75-7.5%, which would take £5.4bn off the forecast value of the UK eating-out market in 2020.MCA, which is owned by British Baker publisher William Reed Business Media, has used figures from its Operator Data Index and machine learning to develop its forecast. The work was inspired by the academic paper, The Costs of Economic Nationalism: Evidence from the Brexit Experiment, which was written by University of Oxford professor Petr Sedláček.last_img read more

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Stengel receives Shorenstein fellowship at Harvard Kennedy School

first_imgThe Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Stengel, former Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the U.S. State Department, and former TIME Managing Editor, as the newest recipient of the Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellowship.Stengel’s fellowship will focus on the relationship between the media and the government. During his time on campus Stengel will conduct a study group, meet with students and faculty, speak at various events for the Harvard community and participate in Shorenstein Center activities. He will be in residence from Feb. 1, 2017 through May 2017.“Mr. Stengel’s combination of experience—from leading one of the nation’s premier news publications to guiding America’s public diplomacy in the Obama administration, not to mention his experience around the world, especially in covering South Africa—make him an unusual and exceptional fit for the Kennedy School, and we look forward to welcoming him to our community,” said Nicco Mele, the Center’s Director. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Daniel Schacter honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

first_imgThe Association for Psychological Science (APS) recently named Daniel Schacter as one of the recipients of the 2017 William James Fellow Award. The William James Fellow Award honors individuals for their lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to the basic science of psychology.Schacter, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology, has taught at Harvard since 1991. His research has focused on both cognitive and neural aspects of human memory. Many of Schacter‘s ideas are summarized in his 1996 book, “Searching for Memory,” and his 2001 book, “The Seven Sins of Memory,” both named Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times and both winners of the American Psychological Association’s William James Book Award. Schacter has also received a number of awards for his research, including the Warren Medal from the Society of Experimental Psychologists, Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions from the American Psychological Association, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.Schacter’s research is broadly concerned with understanding the nature and function of human memory, using cognitive, neuropsychological, and neuroimaging approaches.  He is especially interested in understanding the constructive nature of memory: why it is that memory is not always accurate, and how memory distortions can provide important insights into the working of memory memory works. Much recent research in his lab has explored the idea that memory plays a critical role in allowing individuals to imagine or simulate events that might occur in their personal futures.For more information: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/members/awards-and-honorslast_img read more

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Content Creators Share Their Vision of the Future

first_imgInnovative storytellers discuss the changing ways we create and consume media in the 21st century. For the uninitiated, SXSW is a festival of epic proportions that overtakes Austin, Texas, every March. What began 31 years ago as a city-wide celebration of up-and-coming bands has transformed into a mecca for tech entrepreneurs; a Mardi Gras for multimedia professionals. Directors, editors, and photographers from around the world meet up to discuss industry shifts and the newest groundbreaking gear.One major hub of this year’s excitement was our #DellExperience, just across the street from the city’s convention center. The Experience allowed attendees to see tech innovation up close and hear from disruptive leaders making transformation real every day. On Wednesday afternoon, Adobe’s Margot Nack led a panel, The Art of Media: Creation to Consumption, with an impressive row of guests: Vashi Nedomansky, Kevin Lu, and Colby Brown.Her first panelist, Vashi Nedomansky, is the editor of 11 feature films and an editorial team trainer for many others, including the films Gone Girl and Deadpool. Vashi relied on a Dell Precision Workstation to edit his latest film, 6 BELOW, a stunning achievement on multiple levels. The movie, starring Josh Hartnett and Mira Sorvino, is the first major motion picture to be edited in 6K RAW. “There’s no way I could cut 6K footage – which is 9X bigger than HD – on another computer,” said Vashi. “You can’t have herky-jerky playback. Literally, we had to have the most powerful machine.”Hear Vashi talk about the unique challenges of editing ‘6 Below’  Getting Your Work Out There“In the digital space, our goal is to get content in front of as many faces as possible. Whether that’s for marketing campaigns, movies or creating things for ourselves,” said Colby Brown, a world-traveling photographer and humanitarian. “Staying ahead of the wave, ahead of the momentum is crucial in all our industries. There’s a reason that I’ve partnered with companies like Dell that make my life as a creative easier.” 15:00- 15:22“Technology is now so much more accessible. Everyone in this room is a content creator as well as a consumer,” said Brown.Lu, who uses his smartphone to shoot eye-catching images for companies around the world, agreed that today’s tech is more manageable. “Now I have so many ways to tell a story,” said Lu. “I can tell a story in different formats and from different angles.”Editing in the Air Constantly staying ahead of the wave and creating buzz-worthy work that awes and amazes audiences online is an around-the-clock job. Luckily, today’s post-production process has become more mobile.“A lot the post editing I do, I do on my Dell XPS workstation,” said Lu. “When your software is on the cloud, you can hop on any device.”Vashi explained how the business has become more flexible in the last decade. “Ten years ago you had to rent an editing room, it was expensive and getting there was miserable. Now I edit big features at home or on the road. I can literally go anywhere.”Nack mentioned that many professionals she’s spoken with now enjoy air travel, because of the work opportunities. “Now we look forward to long flights,” Vashi replied. “Because we can edit anything onboard with portable, powerful technology.”Will Artificial Intelligence (AI) Make the Cut? Near the end of the event, a member of the audience asked the panelists if they viewed AI as a competitor to their work. Vashi responded first. “As an editor, no. AI can recognize shapes, faces, colors. It can create music and use patterns to create a good edit. But a great edit is something you respond to emotionally,” he said. “The gap between AI and a human editor is still noticeable.”“I don’t think it’s a threat. It can be helpful,” Lu told the crowd. “Facial recognition that helps you get focus quicker – that’s AI, too. If it’s helpful, I want to play around with it.”Hear the Panelists Answer the AI Question In a changing industry, with so many new options, Vashi encouraged the crowd to stay true to their ideas and focus on the fundamentals of craft. “Story beats technology,” he said. “But story needs technology.”Watch the full panel discussion here, and check out replays of other events at the #DellExperience.last_img read more

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Cyber Recovery: One Cyber Threat Many CISOs Might Overlook

first_imgMost CISOs you meet will assume that with the best-of-breed elements of their layered, defense-in-depth cyber protections all in place and updated, they might rest easy. But they may likely have overlooked proper protections for their premise-based, backup-and-recovery data. That oversight can be a big risk for them and a big opportunity for Dell EMC channel partners.Despite CISOs’ best efforts to defend against intrusions, threat actors can find new ways to penetrate networks and find their way to the backup-and-recovery data, which can cause serious and often costly business disruptions.In our experience, if enterprises lack a securely segmented or air-gapped enclave for this extra-critical data, they have a good chance of suffering an insider attack that gains access to that data. And, if that happens, odds are even greater that the hackers will destroy the backups.“Cyber Recovery” — mitigating a stealthy vulnerability and giant riskFor many organizations and their CISOs, the issue of what we call “Cyber Recovery” flies far under their threat radar. As a CISO at one national retail chain told us after a private briefing, “You’ve made me aware of a problem I didn’t know I had.” And she’s not alone among her peers at other companies.In her case, she thought her backups were fully secure in the data center, but we told her that general backups are not secure there, and bad guys can get in and destroy the data. As a solution, she agreed that an isolated copy of the data that cannot be attacked but can be restored as needed would be a good idea. We call this concept our Dell EMC Isolated Recovery solution.This solution combines an optimized Dell EMC data-protection hardware and software solution with professional consulting services. It keeps an isolated copy of critical data off the network, ensuring that an uncompromised “gold copy” of customers’ most vital data always exists. When that copy needs updating, automated software establishes a connection only for the duration of the update. When done, the software re-establishes the air gap between the target and source servers, like a bank opening and closing its vault door.Needed: C-level, board-level discussions about riskThe costs of an organization losing its backup-and-recovery data can be huge. We know that for many of the companies that suffered 2017’s Petya and NotPetya encrypting ransomware attacks, the damages were in the millions. That’s why, given the scale of these losses, cyber-recovery discussions deserve C-level and even board-level attention. If anyone understands the nature of business risk, it’s a company’s top executives and board members.Here are some questions to ask to lead the discussion:How are you doing disaster recovery for your data? What are you protecting against?Have you ever had a disaster where you had to “Declare”?How much money is spent on disaster recovery safeguards in any given year?What is more likely to happen in the future: a disaster recovery event or a serious cybersecurity event?If cybersecurity is a primary concern, how much do you spend on Cyber Recovery safeguards in any given year?Alas, chances are they will say their Cyber Recovery spending is zero. At this point, you can then steer the discussion to addressing this particular vulnerability as a matter of business-risk mitigation — and present the Dell EMC Isolated Recovery solution.Needed: Hardware, software and high-margin professional consulting services To implement the Dell EMC Isolated Recovery solution, your customers will need to acquire hardware, software and your own professional consulting services. Once the solution is set up, it can operate alongside their existing backup-and-recovery solutions.In addition, you can set yourself apart from your competition with the Dell EMC Isolated Recovery solution. That’s because our solution is mature with proven deployments, compared to many of our competitors who merely talk about hardened approaches to vital backup-and-recovery data.Get certified to sell the Dell EMC Isolated Recovery solution To help you learn more about the Dell EMC Isolated Recovery solution and how to sell and deploy it, we are offering a four-day training in all aspects of it. Alternatively, channel partners can sell the solution as a package, with Dell EMC experts doing the work. Either way, we invite you to find out more by visiting the Dell EMC Isolated Recovery Partner Sales Plays.last_img read more

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