Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
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 >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...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.