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Register • Mar 26, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Q: I live near Florence Township. I want to volunteer for Meals on Wheels, but I don’t want to drive to Sandusky. Do you have anything else I can do here?

A: You can deliver hot, rural, home-delivered meals in Florence and Vermilion Township areas without coming to Sandusky. The Birmingham United Methodist Church generously contributed the use of its community building as a “drop-off” site. The Erie County Senior Center manages the rural, hot, home-delivered meal program. Call 419-626-2560 and ask for May McClure. They need your help.

Q: I pay my taxes every year. The IRS called me last week and demanded I make payments for taxes they say I owe. I know it’s the IRS, because their number showed up on my caller ID.

A: AARP put out a “scam alert” that describes your experience perfectly. The IRS does not call you to collect on taxes owed. You would receive a letter by the U.S. Postal service. Someone is scamming you. Unfortunately, technology is such that the scammer can call you using his phone but make your caller ID show the number the scammer wants you to see. If you shared any information, you need to act. Call the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and add the words “IRS Telephone Scam” to the complaint. If you are an Erie County resident, age 60 or older and need help, call Serving Our Seniors. Ask to speak with a Senior Advocate Assistant at 419-624-1856 or 800-564-1856.

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