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The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:44:12 GMT
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:34:50 GMT
Albany trauma specialist say most of the trauma cases they see result from car crashes, and too many of those crashes are caused by distracted drivers. Now they're spreading a message in honor of TraumaMore >>
Albany trauma specialist say most of the trauma cases they see result from car crashes, and too many of those crashes are caused by distracted drivers. Now they're spreading a message in honor of Trauma Awareness Month.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Despite the delayed filing start this year, the Internal Revenue Service says Georgians have been quick to file income tax returns. Georgians already have filed two million returns-- almost half of what's expected to be turned in by April 15th.
But the IRS warns that tax scammers also started early, stealing financial information and filing phony returns. IRS officials warn lots of folks are getting hooked by tax return scams they are receiving by text on their smart phones.
Thousands of Georgians had their identities and money stolen in income tax scams last year, and the IRS warns those crooks are back at work now.
"During the tax season scam artists come out. And they look for victims who they can seek their Social Security information or their checking or savings account information for their own personal gain," said IRS Media Relations Specialist Mark Green.
Bulletin board posting at Georgia colleges offer a phony thousand dollar education tax refund, has targeted students. "Hundreds and thousands of college students are coming to our offices around the state of Georgia, stating that they are waiting to get this one thousand dollars education refund, that does not exist," Green said.
The IRS said they are also seeing South Georgia churches and senior citizens in nursing homes being targeted by criminals for personal financial information. They file a fraudulent return using your real identity, inflate the return, and leave you holding the bag.
"Unfortunately here in Albany as well as around the whole state of Georgia, we have seen these types of scams that have developed."
The IRS says they are ramping up efforts to stop these tax cheats, using undercover agents to try to bring out the crooks. But they warn you to protect yourself, carefully choose your tax preparer if you use one, and always protect your personal financial information.
IRS officials estimate 3.7 million of Georgia's four million returns will be filed electronically, so that makes protecting your personal information even more crucial.
The IRS reminds you that they will never try to reach you through e-mail, a phone call, text, Social medial, Or Craig's List.