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Some Older But Still Important Messages From The Chief of Police
To Our Town Residents,
We have been receiving numerous phone calls and correspondence from you regarding scam type events. I thought passing on some information here could assist you. Some examples of current trends are listed below.
Almost every scam requires you to do one thing to get started; and that is to divulge personal information about yourself. This includes just confirming information what they may have already been able to gain from other sources. If you practice one rule: never confirm information or provide information to someone you didn’t initiate contact with, you will have defeated most scams. They are counting on you to do just the opposite.
Hope this helps a bit…
These types of scams can be initiated over the phone or through mail, both by letters delivered to your home or computer based email. The letters or phone calls may look or sound official and may indicate that you owe money or are owed money.
They will attempt to get you to provide financial information regarding your bank accounts, social security numbers etc. Legitimate IRS communications can be confirmed by going to links provided at the IRS website located at http://www.irs.gov. You can contact the IRS about a letter received, by following the appropriate link. Below is some information copied from their website.
Remember not to dismiss all paperwork as a possible scam. If the letter bears an official type IRS logo, open the letter and verify that you are being directed to a resource at IRS.gov. Disregarding an official notice could cause serious problems in the future.
From the Internal Revenue Service Website
Computer Repair and Warranty Scams
The caller tells you that they are a representative of Dell, HP, Compac, IBM, or Apple and they are calling to update your computer due to a virus or other general security matter.
Simply tell them you don’t have the internet or a computer. Do not confirm who you are. Note their phone number if you have caller ID. When you see this number again don’t answer. The numbers are usually blocked or are web based numbers and the calls are generally coming from overseas. If you mistakenly confirm that you do have a computer first, then do not allow them to have remote access, do not tell them who your service provider is, do not give them credit card information for a fee needed to “diagnose your computer”. Just tell them you are not interested and hang up. If you are getting persistent calls from the same number, call your phone provider and tell them the type of call you are receiving and see if they can block this number for you.
If you think you have a virus-infected computer, contact one of the local computer shops in town. Never deal with a person over the phone, unless you called them.
Your Number Was Left On My Windshield, Car Crash Scam
You get a phone call from a person, who says their car was just struck in the parking lot while they were away from the car. When they got back to the car, your phone number was left on the car saying you had struck them. They will then try to get personal information, insurance information, or try to get you to initiate a payment outside of insurance to settle the matter.
If you know that you didn’t hit anyone, tell them that you are going to call the police department and speak to us with them about the phone call you just received and hang up. If you think it is possible that a family member has a car away from home and they could have left this note legitimately, tell them you will do some checking and call your family member. If your family member did not leave the note, do not call the number back. If they call you again, tell them that you are going to call the police department and speak to us about the phone call you just received and hang up. In both cases call your local police department and let them know that you received a call and have them log the information. That way if an outside jurisdiction should call, they can be notified that you tried to do the right thing.
Your Relative Is In Jail, Bond Scam
“eBay” or Other Sale Site Scam
These usually occur when you have an article for sale. An over enthusiastic buyer will contact you and either through conversation or out of his own volition will send a check for the item, with a grossly over the sale price, check or money order. They will assure you that you can cash it. You do, and then the instructions start, ship this, send money here, etc.
Rarely, but sometimes, these online sales include; items that may have been the subject of theft prior to being posted for sale. If you have any questions about an item’s validity, bring the physical item to the police department. We will check the serial numbers on the item for you to determine if they have been reported stolen. We will not check numbers for you over the phone without being able to seize the item if it is stolen… and we will be required to seize the item. If there is to be an exchange of property (not shipped), and you are uncomfortable with this, have the person meet you at our police department parking lot for the exchange.
Out of Country Bank Deposits
NO ONE SENDS FREE MONEY! If you get an email, a phone call, a letter in the mail with a check, it’s a scam. Don’t even think about getting involved. Shred the check, hang up the phone, don’t open the email or its attachments. These people will have you deposit the money and the bait and switch will occur, as will the harassment and threats to follow. Just stop this by never getting it started.
Scammers have been around since the dawn of man. They know that some people will fall prey to their persuasive conversations. Don’t let it happen to you. You don’t need to call the police department every time someone tries to scam you… just when you let your guard down and may have given out personal information inadvertently. Mistakes do happen. Give us a call then.
If you believe the person who is perpetrating the scam lives in our town, then by all means call us. Because scammers don’t stop when you don’t participate. They keep on til they find someone who they can take advantage of.
Chief Tom Jarrette
God Bless America and Our Community!