Updated By: Emily Johnson
August 19, 2014
Thomasville, GA - The second scam deals with the IRS. Imagine getting a letter from the IRS stating they received your income taxes, but have some questions about the return. Now imagine you didn't even file taxes and it was a ruse to steal your identity.
Well that's exactly what happen to Corine Harrison of Thomasville. Harrison who is in her 80s lives with her daughter Nancy Marshall at 502 South College. They said a letter came in the mail from the IRS about the 2013 Income Tax Return that was filed in Harrison's name. The problem is Harrison's only form of income is from social security.
"The letter says she filed this income tax in 2013 and she doesn't file income tax, it's been a long time since she did," said Nancy Marshall
The letter also had another name at the top, Annie Hamby. Both said they haven't heard that name before.
"I don't know, that's what we want to know who is Annie Hamby, that's what we want to know," said Marshall.
Scams like this targeting the elderly are on the rise and the letter has the Thomasville Police Department investigating.
"They have their social security number and where they got it from we don't know, but they do have it. We caution people in making sure you're not putting your information out where people can get it and use it against you," said LT. Eric Hampton, Thomasville Police Department Spokesperson.
TPD said they are still investigating Harrison's case and Marshall told us she will be keeping a closer eye on her mother's accounts in the future.
If you suspect something similar has happened to you, you're encouraged to contact the authorities.
August 19, 2014
Thomasville, GA - Two scams that recently targeted the elderly in Thomasville.
With the first scam the Thomasville Police said a woman received a call from someone who she thought was her grandson.
The man asked her to send him money because he had been in an accident. The woman then sent the man $4000 in cash through green dot cards.
Later she found out it wasn't her grandson and that she was scammed.
"So what we're telling our citizens is if you receive these kind of calls do not go out and buy green dot card and send it to anyone, because you don't know who these people are you're talking to. These people are still scammers," said LT. Eric Hampton, Thomasville Police Department Spokesperson.
Although the woman didn't want to talk with us on camera she did tell us she hopes people can learn from her mistake so someone else doesn't get scammed.