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Multilingual Connections Announces Spring Session
Spring Session of Language Classes for Adults
Want to dive into a new language or brush up on your conversation skills? Multilingual Connections has you covered. Register for classes in French, Spanish, Arabic, Polish, Korean, and more in several levels of study. All classes focus on building conversation skills through interaction activities, role plays and cultural discussions.
For more information, visit multilingualconnections.com/adult-classes
City Lit Books Presents "Hashtag Book Club"
Tuesday, March 11th 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
A free event for adults who wish to read something short with substance. This month we are reading Sherman Alexie's
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City Lit Books Presents "The Dill Pickle Book Club"
Wednesday, March 12th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Join Kristen from our nieghborhood grocer The Dill Pickle Food Co-Op for the Dill Pickle Book Club!
This month we will be reading "Cradle to Cradle" by William
City Lit Books Presents "Storytime With Miss Irica"
Saturday, March 15th 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Join us for stories, songs, and dancing with Irica Baurer. Children of all ages will have fun!
City Lit Books Presents "The Weekend Readers Book Club"
Sunday, March 16th 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
A place for readers aged 9-12 (and their parents!)
This month: "The Tiger Rising" by Kate DiCamillo
City Lit Books Presents "Education Book Club"
Sunday, March 23rd 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
A place for parents and advocates for a better education system to read and discuss the latest titles on education today. This month:
City Lit Books & Curbside Splendor "The Old Neighborhood"
Thursday, March 27th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Curbside Splendor presents "The Old Neighborhood" By Bill Hillmann
Monthly Business Education Workshops
In the opinion of the Logan Square Chamber this is the most effective investment in time any small business or entrepreneur can make.
The Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers workshops every Wednesday and Friday. Workshops will vary each month and are conducted by City Officials, experts and partner business organizations. All workshops are free, and open to the public. Workshops are held at BACP's offices located at 121 N. LaSalle St., City Hall Room 805, Chicago, IL 60602.
BACP is also offering a program designed to give business owners the essential elements in starting and growing a business.
* Attend nine workshops at BACP and earn a Business Start-Up Certificate.
For more information or to register for a workshop call 312-744-5344. or download calendar:
BBB Warns of Magazine Scam
A new scam dealing with magazine subscriptions has hit the Northern Illinois area. The scam disguises itself as a magazine subscription renewal form asking individuals to renew at odd prices. Some cases involve much higher renewal rates, while others receive a significant mark-up.
For more tips or to report a scam, visit www.bbb.org or call 3-1-1.
BBB Warns of Posts Offering Business Deals
When approached to start your own business, be wary of unscrupulous tactics and possible scams.
For more tips or to report a scam, visit www.bbb.org or call 311.
From Liberty Bank
SECURITY WARNING DEBIT CARD PHONE SCAM
We have been notified by law enforcement officials of a computer automated telephone scam that has impacted Illinois Bank customers. Debit card customers are receiving automated telephone calls stating that their debit card account has been breached. The customers are told that they will need to reset their information in order to use their debit card account. The scam works this way:
From the IRS
Protect Yourself from the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams
The IRS’s annual ‘Dirty Dozen’ list includes common tax scams that often peak during the tax filing season. The IRS recommends that taxpayers be aware so they can protect themselves against claims that sound too good to be true. Taxpayers who buy into illegal tax scams can end up facing significant penalties and interest and even criminal prosecution.
From the BACP
Better Business Bureau Names Top Scams of 2012
The BBB's Top Ten Scams are ranked based on number of specific inquiries made by consumers to provide insight on the deceptive and sometimes illegal business practices in 2012.
Bernas explained, "Being aware that these scams exist is extremely important so that people can avoid becoming a victim and losing money or personal financial information."
For the complete list of Top Ten Scams in 2012, visit www.bbb.org
From the FTC
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning small businesses www.ftc.gov/opa/2013/01/emailscam.shtm that an e-mail with a subject line "NOTIFICATION OF CONSUMER COMPLAINT" is not from the FTC. The e-mail falsely states that a complaint has been filed with the agency against their company.
From the BACP: Beware of Scams Involving Door-to-Door
The City of Chicago has entered into an agreement with an electrical supplier to provide cheaper electricity to Chicago residents. All customers will receive a letter explaining this new program.
From the Better Business Bureau: Homeowners Tricked into Overpaying for Deeds
Be aware! Homeowners nationwide are receiving letters asking them to pay upwards of $80 to obtain a certified copy of their property deed. What the mailings don't mention is that deeds are available from the county for a few dollars or less.
Don't Fall for Phony IRS Websites
The Internal Revenue Service is issuing a warning about a new tax scam that uses a website that mimics the IRS e-Services online registration page. The actual IRS e-Services page offers web-based products for tax preparers, not the general public. The phony web page looks almost identical to the real one. The IRS gets many reports of fake websites like this. Criminals use these sites to lure people into providing personal and financial information that may be used to steal the victim’s money or identity.
From the IRS
Taxpayers should be on the lookout for a new, email-based phishing scam now circulating that targets Department of Defense military members, retirees and civilian employees. The email appears to come from Defense Finance and Accounting Services and displays a .mil email address. The email states that those receiving disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may be able to obtain additional funds from the IRS. Email recipients are then asked to send various VA and IRS documents containing their personal and financial information, such as copies of VA award letters or their income tax returns, to an address in Florida. The information on these documents is then used by the scammers to commit identity theft. Typically, identity thieves use someone’s personal data to empty the victim’s financial accounts, run up charges on the victim’s existing credit cards or apply for new loans, credit cards, services or benefits in the victim’s name.
For more information on phishing scams, please see phishing scam
Daily Deal Site SaveMore Accused of Being a Scam
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) says customers from 45 states filed complaints in the last 10 months saying they never received discount coupons purchased from the Texas-based daily deal site SaveMore.com. The BBB urges extreme caution when dealing with SaveMore.com, a business with close ties to Douglas Van Arsdale, founder of the notorious debt settlement company, Credit Solutions of America. SaveMore.com has an “F” grade with the BBB, the lowest grade possible.
BBB TOP TEN SCAMS OF 2011
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) investigates thousands of scams every year, from the latest gimmicks to schemes as old as the hills. BBB's new Scam Source www.bbb.org/scam is a comprehensive resource on scam investigations from BBBs around the country, with tips from BBB, law enforcement, and others. You can sign up to receive Scam Alerts by email, and you can also be a scam detective yourself by reporting scams you've discovered.
Click here to see the top ten scams of the year which have been divided up into nine major categories, plus the BBB's Scam of the Year.
URGENT SCAM ALERT: BEWARE OF FAKE COMPLAINT E-MAIL CLAIMING TO BE FROM BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU (from SBA & BBB)
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns businesses to beware of a malicious e-mail claiming to be from the BBB about a complaint filed against a company. The BBB does not send complaints out as attachments.
From the IRS EIN Scam
A message claiming to be from the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility is being received by taxpayers instructing them to acquire a new EIN. Taxpayers may call the IRS stating they have received the email. The subject line contains the text "Acquire new EIN". The body of the message instructs recipients to obtain a new Employer Identification Number in connection with fraudulent actions. NOTE: The text in the subject line and/or body of the message may read differently, but the message is similar.