Opi­oid abuse fundraiser to be hosted at Blue Crabs game

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The Charles County State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice will host a fundraiser to Bat­tle Opi­oid Abuse at the Southern Mary­land Blue Crabs’ last Satur­day home game on Sept. 16 at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium. The com­mu­nity is also in­vited to come be­fore game time from 5-6 p.m. to drop off un­wanted pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tions at the State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice’s Drop-Off Cen­ter in the sta­dium park­ing lot. One hun­dred stu­dents that pur­chase tick­ets through the fundraiser will get the op­por­tu­nity to re­ceive a free Un­der Ar­mour book bag dur­ing game time. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to cc­sao.us/Bat­tleO­pi­oidAbuse or con­tact Kan­des Carter at carterk@charle­scoun­tymd.gov.

Fran­chot warns tax pros of scam to steal user­names, pass­words

Mary­land Comptroller Peter Fran­chot (D) is alert­ing tax pro­fes­sion­als and those work­ing within the tax in­dus­try about a new phish­ing email scam im­per­son­at­ing tax soft­ware providers and at­tempt­ing to steal user­names and pass­words.

The In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice said this lat­est scam email vari­a­tion comes with a sub­ject line of “Soft­ware Sup­port Up­date” and high­lights an “Im­por­tant Soft­ware Sys­tem Up­grade.” It thanks re­cip­i­ents for con­tin­u­ing to trust the soft­ware provider to serve their tax prepa­ra­tion needs and mim­ics the soft­ware providers’ email tem­plates.

The e-mail in­forms the re­cip­i­ents that due to a re­cent soft­ware up­grade, the pre­parer must reval­i­date their lo­gin cre­den­tials. It pro­vides a link to a fic­ti­tious web­site that mir­rors the soft­ware provider’s ac­tual lo­gin page. In­stead of up­grad­ing soft­ware, the tax pro­fes­sion­als are pro­vid­ing their in­for­ma­tion to cy­ber­crim­i­nals who use the stolen cre­den­tials to ac­cess the pre­par­ers’ ac­counts and to steal client in­for­ma­tion.

This so­phis­ti­cated scam yet again dis­plays cy­ber­crim­i­nals’ tax savvy and un­der­scores the need for tax pro­fes­sion­als to take strong se­cu­rity mea­sures to pro­tect their clients and pro­tect their busi­ness. This is the time of year when many soft­ware providers is­sue soft­ware up­grades and when tax pro­fes­sion­als are work­ing to meet the Oct. 15 dead­line for ex­ten­sion fil­ers.

The Se­cu­rity Sum­mit re­minds tax pro­fes­sion­als that soft­ware providers do not em­bed links into emails ask­ing them to val­i­date pass­words. Also, tax pro­fes­sion­als and tax­pay­ers are ad­vised to never open a link or an at­tach­ment from a sus­pi­cious email.

Tax pro­fes­sion­als who re­ceive emails pur­port­edly from their tax soft­ware providers seek­ing lo­gin cre­den­tials should send those scam emails to their tax soft­ware provider.

For Win­dows users, fol­low this process to help the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of th­ese scam emails:

1) Use “Save As” to save the scam. Un­der “save as type” in the drop-down menu, se­lect “plain text” and save to the desk­top. Do not click on any links.

2) Open a new email and at­tach this saved email as a file.

3) Send a new email con­tain­ing the at­tach­ment to the tax soft­ware provider, as well as a copy to Phish­ing@IRS.gov.

The Comptroller’s Of­fice re­minds tax­pay­ers not to re­ply to emails or phone calls ask­ing for con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion, most es­pe­cially So­cial Se­cu­rity num­bers, birth dates, salary in­for­ma­tion or home ad­dresses. Mary­land tax­pay­ers may call 1-800-MD-TAXES or send an email to md­comptroller@comp.state.md.us to re­port a prob­lem.

Md. Light­house Chal­lenge 11th an­niver­sary sched­uled

One of the mis­sions of the Ch­e­sa­peake Chap­ter of the United States Light­house So­ci­ety is to ed­u­cate, in­form and en­ter­tain those who are in­ter­ested in Ch­e­sa­peake Bay area light­houses. On the week­end of Sept. 16 and 17, in part­ner­ship with the light­house or­ga­ni­za­tions across the state, the chap­ter will do just that.

Par­tic­i­pants who visit par­tic­i­pat­ing light­houses dur­ing the al­lot­ted hours will re­ceive a com­pli­men­tary sou­venir of that light­house. It is not nec­es­sary to visit all the light­houses to par­tic­i­pate and they can be vis­ited in any or­der. Those who score a per­fect ten by vis­it­ing all the light­house at­trac­tions will re­ceive an ad­di­tional sou­venir pro­claim­ing that “they’ve seen the lights!” Or­ga­niz­ers are also of­fer­ing three bonus lights — Sandy Point Shoal (to be viewed off shore from one of Mary­land’s most pop­u­lar state parks), the Black­i­stone Light­house Replica at the site of Mary­land’s birth­place, St. Cle­ment’s Is­land, and Millers Is­land Light­house to be viewed from the Dock of the Bay Restau­rant in Spar­rows Point.

There will also be an add-on Bonus Cruise aboard Sawyer’s Char­ters, de­part­ing from Mary­land’s East­ern Shore to see some of the Bay’s more elu­sive light­houses, and an early bird spe­cial on Fri­day, Sept. 15, which in­cludes all of the East­ern Shore at­trac­tions.

Light­houses are an im­por­tant as­pect of our state’s mar­itime her­itage and re­main trea­sured keep­sakes of a by-gone era. Par­tic­i­pants will find th­ese mag­nif­i­cent struc­tures and the his­tory sur­round­ing them water’s edge at some of the most scenic des­ti­na­tions statewide.

The light­houses that are in­cluded in the chal­lenge are the Chop­tank River Replica, Con­cord Point, Cove Point, Drum Point, Fort Wash­ing­ton, Hooper Strait, Piney Point, Point Look­out, Seven Foot Knoll and the Light­ship Ch­e­sa­peake.

In­struc­tions and de­tailed driv­ing di­rec­tions, one light to the next, are avail­able at www. ches­lights.org.

Girls on the Run opens regis­tra­tion

Pro­gram regis­tra­tion opens Aug. 12 for Girls on the Run, GOTR, at C. Paul Barn­hart El­e­men­tary and Wil­liam B. Wade El­e­men­tary in Wal­dorf. Regis­tra­tion is avail­able at https://www.gotr­somd.org/pro­gram­reg­is­tra­tion. A lot­tery sys­tem is used where par­ents/ guardians reg­is­ter their girls from Aug. 12 to Aug. 31. If the site is full, a ran­dom lot­tery will be run on Sept. 1 to en­sure all girls have an equal change at par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pro­gram. Af­ter Sept. 1, regis­tra­tion is on a first-come-first-served ba­sis.

Regis­tra­tion for the GOTR 5K will open on Sept. 1. The in­au­gu­ral 5K will be at Southern Mary­land Blue Crabs Sta­dium at 9 a.m. Nov. 18. Reg­is­ter be­fore Oct. 1 at the $20 early-bird rate.

New mem­bers for the GOTR Southern Mary­land Board of Di­rec­tors are needed. If in­ter­ested, email emily.over­man@girl­son­therun.org.

Aux­il­iary seeks sup­port for Wreaths Across Amer­ica

The Amer­i­can Le­gion Aux­il­iary Unit 82, La Plata, has joined with Wreaths Across Amer­ica to honor vet­er­ans by plac­ing wreaths on the graves of vet­er­ans. The project be­gan in 1992 and has grown ev­ery year. The unit will spon­sor wreath sales in the “3 for 2 pro­gram.” For ev­ery two wreaths spon­sored, a third will be placed at the Chel­tenham Vet­er­ans Ceme­tery.

The unit is seek­ing $15 do­na­tions for each wreath (one free for ev­ery two $15 do­na­tions). Checks can be made payable to Wreaths Across Amer­ica, and can be mailed to: Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 82, P.O. Box 1035, La Plata, MD 20646, At­ten­tion: Linda Rollins. Do­na­tions may also be made at the le­gion booth at the Charles County Fair on Sept. 16.

The wreath-lay­ing ser­vice at Chel­tenham Vet­er­ans Ceme­tery will be noon Satur­day, Dec. 16. All are in­vited to at­tend and par­tic­i­pate.

Wreaths Across Amer­ica is a 501(c)3 or­ga­ni­za­tion, mean­ing do­na­tions are tax de­ductible and qual­ify for match­ing gifts from many com­pa­nies. For more in­for­ma­tion about the or­ga­ni­za­tion, go to www.wreath­sacrossamer­ica.org.

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