Saturday, May 25 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:37:45 GMT
Albany Panther's first ever beer fest just wrapped up tonight. For 25 bucks beer lovers sampled more than 20 types of beer at the Civic Center and there was plenty of entertainment. Musical acts, suchMore >>
Albany Panther's held their first ever beer fest Saturday night. More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:33 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:33:38 GMT
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event. Musical artists from around south Georgia performed at the Albany Municipal Auditorium Saturday afternoon.More >>
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:30 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:30:39 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
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Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
February 12, 2008
Tifton -- For the eighth year in a row, the Federal Trade Commission says identity theft is the most frequent consumer crime complaint.
The Feds say nearly 23,000 people become victims of identity fraud every day, and South Georgians are reporting a number of scams trying to steal their identity and personal information.
Sharon Barricklow of Colquitt County said her mother had a close call with a Scam artist. "Told me she had done something stupid," Barricklow said.
Barricklow's Mother got a telephone call claiming to be from Medicare, and ordered her to give them her bank account numbers.
"'If you don't do this, we are going to drop your Medicare Insurance,'" was what the called said to Barricklow's mom.
Her frightened mother gave them the account number, but quickly realized she had made a mistake, and called the bank right away.
The caller was very convincing, and then very forceful, and scared her mother. A close call, but Barricklow said she knows others need to be warned, and not be embarrassed to report Identity Theft crimes.
"Maybe look stupid. Don't worry about that, call whoever you need to call."
Tom Davis got an E-Mail on his computer claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, but knew immediately it was a fake.
"Didn't fool me a bit," Davis said "The I.R.S. does not work like that."
The Minister of Morningside United Methodist Church in Albany, Davis has done his own taxes for years, and knew this was a con. Notice the e-mail address is irs.org. The real I.R.S. Address is dot-gov. The E-mail claimed that he was due a refund of more than $873, and all he had to do was click and give them his bank information numbers.
"I wonder how many other folks could be fooled," Davis said.
The real I.R.S. Is warning taxpayers that this scam is going across the country now. If you give them your bank account numbers they will drain your account, open credit cards and run up huge bills, take out loans, and even file fraudulent tax returns-- ruining your good credit name.
"I just want to help others, be sure before someone else makes a mistake," Davis said.
Davis said he might even preach a sermon Sunday warning his congregation about the danger of Scams.
The Federal Trade Commission says there are some effective ways to protect yourself from Identify theft.
Never give anyone you don't know your credit card or bank account numbers
Use a paper shredder to destroy all documents with your personal information