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Use gloves for pumping gas

Dear Heloise: Since hand sanitizer is in short supply these days, I keep a pair of thin gardening gloves in the door pocket of my SUV for when I pump gas. So now my gloves keep my hands safe from germs. Every time I pump gas using the gloves, as soon as I get back in the car, I remove them and put them in a plastic bag and bring them home to toss in the wash right away. — Trena in California

Trena, this is a great idea, especially now when we must be extra careful. You might want to keep a spare pair just in case you have another errand the same day, such as using an ATM. — Heloise

Avoid IRS scams

Dear Readers: We have received significant e-mails and letters asking about IRS scams and how to avoid being a victim. Here are some hints:

≤ Hang up on calls that claim to be from the IRS. An IRS agent is not going to contact you by text messages, social media or e-mail. They typically send you a letter. Nor will they threaten you with police action, to drag you to jail or to deport you. Nor will they take away your Social Security.

≤ Never give out your Social Security number, no matter what.

≤ Beware of “ghost preparers.” A professional tax preparer must have an identification number, and they always sign your return. Ghost tax preparers who are frauds won’t sign your return. To check on whether your tax preparer has the right credentials, go to irs.treasury.gov/rpo/rpo.jsf.

≤ The IRS has an online resource where you can report identity theft at www.irs.gov/identity-theft-central.

(Heloise is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. Send a hint to P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or E-Mail: Heloise@Heloise.com.)

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