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Shocking fraud has Durham police issuing a warning

July 30, 2014

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In several instances, suspects have been calling citizens or business owners and saying they are from Veridian Connections or other legitimate electricity distributors, police note. People are being told they are more than $1,000 behind in their bills and the power would be shut off if the bill isnt paid immediately.

People are told to make a credit card payment or use prepaid credit cards from stores and forward the numbers to the caller. Down payments of hundreds of dollars are also encouraged.

The callers have set up an answering machine and a toll-free number to make it appear its a legitimate hydro company.

Anyone with similar experiences is asked to contact the DRPS at 1-888-579-1520.


Northbrook Police Warn of Phone Scams

July 30, 2014

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The following is from the Northbrook Police Department:

The few minutes you take to read this and share with your friends,
family and co-workers may save you $$$!

Scams, Frauds and Con Artists…. A few new facts to know:

There has been a recent flood of phone scams
in our area and throughout the country. If you did not initiate the contact,
don’t give any personal information over the phone, online or let someone into
your home.

A common scam that has been reported to Northbrook Police, as well as in
surrounding area communities, involves a caller claiming to be with an agency
or utility such as the IRS, ComEd, ATT or another common business. They will
advise that there was an error in your taxes or a late bill, and that you need
to get a prepaid credit card and give them the access code immediately to avoid
penalties, disconnection of the utility or even jail. The caller instructs the
victim to put money on a debit/gift card or free pay card such as a GreenDot
Card and provide the card number and access code as payment. (Another popular
phone scam is when an unknown caller tells you that you won a prize but you
just have to pay for the taxes prior to receiving the prize. In addition, be
weary if you receive a telephone call from someone claiming to be a family
member asking for money to be sent to them.)

No one from any legitimate agency would ever ask you to purchase and pay
with prepaid credit cards. If you are ever requested to pay a bill over the
phone with a debit or Green Dot Card – STOP – and disconnect the call
immediately. Once the card information is given to a scammer there is NO
getting the money back or canceling the card, the money is gone!

This is
happening to both residents and businesses. Most recently to two local businesses.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Northbrook Police Department
Crime Prevention Unit at 847/664-4427.

Remember…Unless you initiate the call or contact with a bank, credit
card company or any other service provider, do not give any information when an
email or phone call is received. More often than not these are
#34;Phishing#34; attempts.

Phishing is the act of attempting to acquire information such as usernames,
passwords, credit card details, and personal information by masquerading as a
trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.


Could gift cards ease the problems of the homeless?

July 29, 2014

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When police are called to help with a disruptive or unruly homeless person, there are only a few places an officer can take the person.

You can either take them to the hospital, if they meet that criteria, or they end up, unfortunately, incarcerated, Officer Matt Tinney told Action 7 News.

Now, police have a new tool.

Tinney co-founded the nonprofit, Crisis Intervention Team, Inc. with psychiatrist Dr. Nils Rosenbaum.

The two recently launched Helping Hands.

The program works by giving prepaid credit cards are to Albuquerque Police supervisors, who can then use the cards to help a homeless person in crisis. The credit cards can allow officers to help the homeless by checking them into a hotel room for the night, or helping them get food or medicine.

Certain programs in the city provide hotel vouchers, but they are only available during daytime hours, Tinney said.

We can provide you with a room and board for one night, and that way officers can follow up and send off your information to follow-up services through APD or other nonprofit organizations in the community, he said.

The program also hands out Walmart gift cards to as many APD officers and Bernalillo County Deputies as possible.

The cards are loaded with $10 — money that can be used to buy bread or peanut butter, or what Tinney said most homeless people request: new socks.

Tinney is trained in crisis intervention, and believes the offer of a few bucks, or the promise of a night in a warm bed, can help keep tense situations from boiling over.

Because if we can stop the crisis then we can prevent the tragedies down the line, he said.

Plus, he believes this program speaks to the core values of what police do.

Officers, in general, go into law enforcement to help people, he said.

If youre interested in donating, learn more about the program at www.gocit.org


Home News Durham hydro scam victims asked for personal…

July 27, 2014

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In recent cases of phone fraud across the region, citizens and businesses were not only pressed to pay phoney electricity bills, the suspects asked some for personal information as proof of their identity. Durham Police sent out a warning Friday, July 4 about the hydro scam.

It was almost like a ransom, them saying you have to pay now or your powers off, said Sergeant Bill Calder of the scam.

An investigation into the scam is ongoing, and no arrests have been made to date. Police have not been able to say how many people have fallen victim to the scam.

These kinds of scams are more common than people might want to believe, said Sgt. Calder.

Police say callers would identify themselves as electricity providers, then threaten to shut off power to homes and businesses unless bills totalling up to $1,000 were paid by credit card. If a person didnt have a credit card the callers would direct them to local convenience stores to purchase prepaid credit cards, while also encouraging downpayments of hundreds of dollars.

These kinds of scams are more common than people might want to believe, said Sgt. Calder.

Some fraudsters pretended to be with Veridian Connections, police said.

It does appear we had one customer fall prey to the scam, said Chris Mace of Veridian. Its hard to determine if there are more, unless they call our customer service centre.

While the scammers set up an answering machine and a toll-free number to appear a legitimate hydro company, Sgt. Calder advises the public to be wary and to go back to the source identified on their bills.

Always go back to your billing company, said Sgt. Calder. Get some clarity because odds are its going to be a fraud.

Some victims were asked for personal information, such as social insurance numbers.

Weve always said no one should give that information over the phone, said Sgt. Calder.

He suggests residents visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centres website, www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca, where examples of different kinds of fraud and tips for recognizing and reporting it can be found.

Police are asking anyone with similar experiences to contact the DRPS at 1-888-579-1520.

TIPS FOR RECOGNIZING FRAUD

bull; The person calling claims to be a government official, tax officer, banking official, lawyer or some other person in authority.

bull; Being pressured to make a large payment immediately.

bull; Not being allowed time to check out the caller by requesting written information, address, call back number.

bull; Being asked confidential personal information.

bull; Being asked for all your confidential banking or credit card information. Unless using that specific method of payment, honest businesses do not require these details.

source: www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca

Reporter Brad Andrews covers the Municipality of Clarington for Metroland Media Group’s Durham Region Division


Tulsa County deputy busts suspected counterfeiters

July 26, 2014

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A Tulsa County deputy pulling over a car for an expired tag ended up busting two people the Secret Service was hunting as suspects in a large counterfeiting operation.

It happened about 1:00 am, according to Maj. Tom Huckeby with the Tulsa County Sheriffs Office.

The Secret Service knew there was phony money circulating in Tulsa, and had an idea who they were looking for, Huckeby told KRMG.

But the deputy was simply doing his job, pulling over a car for a tag violation, when he cracked the case.

The counterfeiters were using the phony bills to buy prepaid credit cards, investigators say.

Theyre warning the public to be on the lookout for the fake bills that have already been passed.

They were apparently tens and twenties, Huckeby said.

The two men arrested by deputies are Dustin Hinton, 22, and Robert Newsom, 28.


McMinn Sheriff Warns of Scam

July 25, 2014

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McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy says scammers are impersonating himself, his officers, and even local judges in an effort to extort money from citizens.

According to Sheriff Guy, the scammers call unsuspecting citizens and claim to be “Sheriff Joe Guy”, and go on to say that the citizen either missed a court date or has an upcoming court date involving a hefty fine, but the caller offers to “take care of it over the phone”. The scammers instruct the victim to obtain a self-paid credit card, put money on the card in the amount of the “fine”, and then call the fake “Sheriff’s Office” back with the card number. When the scammer gets the card number, they have the victim’s money.

“It’s a new spin on an old scam,” says Sheriff Guy. “Except the person claiming to be me makes threats of arrest if the fine is not paid, and even uses the names of local judges, and the calls come from local numbers to make the scam more believable. The scammers are using the good name of our office to extort money out of our citizens.”

Sheriff Guy said that his office does not collect fines, does not collect fines over the phone, and does make phone calls to threaten to arrest anyone for not paying a fine, and does not ask for fines to be paid with a self-paid credit card.

Already over 100 individuals have received these calls, and several have been victimized for amounts ranging from $500 to $1000. Elderly persons seem to be specifically targeted.

Sheriff Guy warns everyone in our region of this scam, as it could easily spread to other counties. Anyone who receives a call from a Sheriff’s or Police Department should call 911 immediately and report the number where the call is coming from to authorities. Sheriff Guy said efforts are underway in his own county to trace the numbers.

The Sheriffs Office also asks local retail stores who sell prepaid credit cards to ask customers if they are buying the card to pay a fine for court, and if so to inform the customer of the scam.McMinn Sheriff Warns of Scam


Fraudsters posing as hydro providers

July 24, 2014

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Durham police are investigating numerous reports of fraudsters posing as legitimate hydro companies over the phone.

In several cases the suspects are calling unsuspecting citizens or business owners saying they are from Veridian Connections or other, legitimate local electricity distributors. Citizens are told they are more than $1,000 behind on their bills and if they dont pay immediately their power will be shut off. They are being told to make a credit card payment or use prepaid credit cards from stores to forward the numbers to the caller.

Down payments of a few hundred dollars are also encouraged.

The callers have set up an answering machine and a toll-free number that makes it appear they are a legitimate hydro company, police state.

If you get a call like this police recommend that you verify that it is a legitimate business first. Check your local hydro provider information on legitimate websites or look for the office numbers on your last statement.

Anyone with similar experiences is asked to contact the DRPS at 1-888-579-1520.


Police: Bomb threats called into 2 Lebanon pharmacies

July 23, 2014

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Police on are investigating a series of reported bomb threats at different pharmacies in Lebanon County, which may be tied to other threats nationwide.

Lebanon City Police responded to a bomb threats made at  Rite Aid, 415 S. 9th Street, and at CVS, 833 Bowman Street on July 9.

Investigators said a man called the pharmacies and demanded the manager activate several Green Dot prepaid credit cards. The caller claimed if the manager didnt comply, the bomb would go off.

Police evacuated the stores and determined the threat to be a hoax. Nothing suspicious was found.

Similar threats have been reported at retail stores nationwide, according to FBI reports.   Authorities are trying to figure out who is making these threats.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 717-272-6611 or Crime Stoppers at 717-270-9800.


Lake Wales Police Department Looking for These People For Use of Stolen …

July 23, 2014

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The Lake Wales Police Department is investigating three cases at Wal-Mart, located at 2000 SR60 E, where property was purchased or attempted to be purchased with stolen credit cards. The incidents happened on June 22, 2014, June 27, 2014, and July 7, 2014. The suspects purchased or attempted to purchase items such as prepaid credit cards and clothing. Detective Ivelisse Rodriguez is investigating the cases and she is trying to identify the people in these photographs.


Latest scam impersonates local sheriff

July 23, 2014

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MCMINN COUNTY, TN (WRCB) –
The McMinn County Sheriffs Office tells Channel 3 that a scam that began a few days ago has scammers impersonating Sheriff Joe Guy, his officers, and even local judges in an effort to extort money from citizens.

According to Sheriff Guy, the scammers call unsuspecting citizens and claim to be “Sheriff Joe Guy”, and go on to say that the citizen either missed a court date or has an upcoming court date involving a hefty fine, but the caller offers to “take care of it over the phone”.

The scammers tell their victims to get a self-paid credit card, put money on the card in the amount of the “fine”, and then call the fake “Sheriff’s Office” back with the card number.

“It’s a new spin on an old scam. Except the person claiming to be me makes threats of arrest if the fine is not paid, and even uses the names of local judges, and the calls come from local numbers to make the scam more believable. The scammers are using the good name of our office to extort money out of our citizens,” said Joe Guy, McMinn County Sheriff.

The McMinn County Sheriffs Office does not collect fines, does not collect fines over the phone, and does make phone calls to threaten to arrest anyone for not paying a fine, and does not ask for fines to be paid with a self-paid credit card.

The sheriffs office tells Channel 3 that over 100 citizens have received these calls, and several have been victimized for amounts ranging from $500 to $1,000. Elderly people seem to be specifically targeted.

Anyone who receives a call from a Sheriff’s or Police Department should call 911 immediately and report the number where the call is coming from to authorities.

The McMinn County Sheriffs Office are doing their best to trace the numbers.

The Sheriffs Office also asks local retail stores who sell prepaid credit cards to ask customers if they are buying the card to pay a fine for court, and if so to inform the customer of the scam.