UU Mom (uu_mom) wrote in prince_georges,
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Scams, Theft, Give to Others, Happy Thanksgiving!

Homeland Security's EmailEmergency.org warns us "New IRS Email Phishing Scam offers Refund".... You Can Help Shut Down Phishing Schemes: ...If you receive a suspicious e-mail that claims to come from the IRS, you can relay that e-mail to a new IRS mailbox, phishing@irs.gov. Another example on Snopes.com - the site to verify questionable facts in messages (especially chainletters).

A county official sent me a warning to share with the community: "Seems that car thieves have found yet another way to steal your car or truck without any effort at all... The car thieves peer through the windshield of your car or truck, write down the VIN # from the label on the dash, go to the local car dealership and request a duplicate key based on the VIN # ." But Snopes.com says here that though a few thieves have done this, it is not effortless & covering up the VIN is not the best way to protect your car.

EmailEmergency.org also gives us: "2007 Holiday Travel Security Guidelines Update" which reminds holiday travelers about what not to bring through check points, including gifts.

Some free ways of giving include clicking on each one of the buttons at The Hunger Site, The Breast Cancer Site, The Literacy Site, The Child Health Site, The Rainforest Site, and The Animal Rescue Site.

You can also give and learn at the same time at FreeRice.com.

And those of you who have money to spend on gifts, can give much more to your favorite charity while not spending more at your favorite shops at BuyForCharity. I haven't actually tried it yet, but I did some research and couldn't find any complaints about it.

See Prince George's County Newsvine here

See the latest county blogger posts here.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Tags: charity, news, prince george's, safety

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