Chief's Corner: Tax season is the prime time for email scams

Police Chief Dean Milligan

Police Chief Dean Milligan

As April 15, 2019 quickly approaches, we wanted to remind you to be vigilant in avoiding Internal Revenue Service (IRS) related online scams.

These IRS scams, as well as other similar scams, most often utilize scare tactics and threat of financial impact as a way to get victims to comply. During tax season, online scammers will often attempt to phish your personal information.

Phishing is a way that scammers attempt to steal your personal information and/or money by sending bogus emails. The emails look official and may state you have funds available, or that you may owe money. It’s important to know that the Internal Revenue Service does not initiate contact with taxpayers via email, text messages or social media. Any requests for PIN numbers, passwords or access to bank information should be considered a scam.

According to the IRS, if you receive an email claiming to be from the IRS that contains a request for personal information, taxes associated with a large investment, inheritance or lottery, do not reply and certainly do not open any attachments. Those attachments contain malicious software that will infect your computer or phone.

Also, do not click on any embedded links. Forward the email to phishing@irs.gov, and then delete the email. If you discover a web site that claims to be the IRS, forward the web address to the same email address.

For more information, please refer to the official IRS website regarding Phishing and Online Scams at https://www.irs.gov/privacy-disclosure/report-phishing

If you have any questions, please contact the Downey Police Department at (562) 861-0771.

Steve Roberson honored for sales, quality service milestones

DOWNEY Steve Roberson, a broker associate with Century 21 Peak in Downey, was honored recently for reaching one of the company’s top sales and customer service milestones.

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Roberson earned Century 21’s President’s Producer Award, an annual award bestowed upon Century 21 sales affiliates that earn the Century 21 Centurion and Century 21 Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award in the same calendar year.

The Centurion Producer award honors agents that earn $280,000 in sales production or 70 closed transaction sides within the calendar year.

To earn the Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award, a sales affiliate must receive completed customer surveys for at least 50 percent of their transactions surveyed from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, with an average survey score of at least 95 percentage or better for two consecutive years.

“We are thrilled to recognize Steve Roberson’s work for this momentous achievement,” said Michael Miedler, president and chief executive officer of Century 21 Real Estate. “This is an outstanding honor since only a small percentage of affiliated agents in the United States receive this award for sales.”

Century 21 Peak is a full-service brokerage located at 7827 Florence Ave. in Downey.