With the number of security breaches recently, such as the one at Anthem, the police department has been receiving a higher-then-usual number of identity theft complaints. The information herein can help you resolve a security breach, no matter the company or source. It is an effort to assist you to know what kinds of contacts you will need to make. Resolving the issue and protecting your identity is more like a marathon than a sprint. Be prepared to be on the telephone for some time.
If your social security number has been compromised (stolen):
- File a police report. You will be given a unique case number identifying your case . You will need this number during your calls. The report may not be done immediatley when you make a report, but you will have the number, so you can access the report once it is completed. When you make the report, make sure you have and included all the information you have available concerning the incident, so the report is as complete as possible.
- File a Complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. Search the web or the phone book under Government, U.S. for "Federal Trade Commission." You will be prompted to "Identity Theft" as an option for reporting procedures.
- Contact one of the Credit Bureaus. Place a fraud alert on your account. The one you contact is supposed to contact the others.
- Close any financial accounts that have been opened without your permission. This includes, but is not limited to, bank accounts, mortgages, credit cards, insurance accounts, tax accounts or returns, or in general, anythign you find with your name on it that you didn't authorize. If your personal banking accounts have been compromised, speak to your banker and reopen those accounts with new ones. It may take some time and effort if you have direct deposits or automatic wihtdrawals for payments, but it is necessary.
- Respond IMMEDIATLEY to any IRS notice, and respond according to the instructions given. This is the one that seems to take the longest over the telephone. There is no telling how many of this type call their are receiving, so be presistent, patient,, and wait it out.
- Complete IRS form #14039, an "Identity Theft Affidavit."
- Continue to file your tax return, even if you have been notified that someone else has filed one in your name already. You are responsible for filing your correct return on time according to the law. If you should receive a wrong refund due to the fraudulent filing of a return in your name, notify the IRS and don't accept the money. Don't cash a check or spend a direct deposit. That moeny is part of the crime and you don't want to be associated with it in any way.
We hope this information is helpful if you are the victim of identity theft. You are not alone. There may be other steps you are advised to take by the institutions you contact. Follow their instructions and trust that eventually it all works out to protect and restore your good name.
Published: 24 March 2015
City Crews Will Begin Spring Cleanup the week after the city-wide yard sale day. They will pick up items at curbside. Items should be in place BEFORE your scheduled date. Crews WILL NOT return to a ward once that ward has been completed. Brush crew may be working ahead or behind rubbish crew.
Here are guidelines:
- Items must be able to be picked up by two men.
- Items that are small and can be easily scattered must be put in bags.
- Make separate piles of the following:
- Brush and limbs, (no leaves will be picked up at this time and as always, you may drop these off at the brush pile southwest of the park)
- Rubbish or discard items
- Regular trash picked up by sanitation trucks
- Appliances (from residences only)
WARD 3 - April 27,28,29 WARD 4 - April 30, May 1,4
WARD 1 - May5, 6, 7, WARD 2 - May 11,12,13
Published: 09 April 2014
City of LamarParks & Recreation is hiring UMPIRES for summer ball season starting March 16,2015.For Baseball and Softball. Experience preferred. A good knowledge of the game and rules required.
Category: News Articles
Published: 27 January 2014
The Lamar Elks will once again hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt in the Lamar City Park on Saturday, April 4, the day before Easter Sunday. Children ages infant to 12 years are invited to hunt for the 5000 eggs in areas designated by age groups. There will be special eggs to be found for cash prizes. After the egg hunt, the Elks will have a hot dog lunch for the hunters and families at the enclosed shelter in City Park.
City Park is located at Gulf and 19th Streets, with extra parking across the street from the park entrance on Gulf Street. Since there will be a crowd, it is recommended to leave pets at home. Extra paring will be on the vacant O'Sullivan parking lot.
Category: Lamar City News
Published: 20 March 2014