Jan 18, 2018
This is the time of year that we typically see an increase in reports of scam telephone calls. A few examples of these scam calls include:
Computer Virus Scam - The caller pretends to represent a computer company such as Apple or Microsoft and claims the recipient’s computer or account has been hacked. The caller then offers to remotely fix the problem for a fee and requests credit card or bank information.
Grandparent Scam - The caller typically pretends to be a grandchild, another family member, or to be calling on behalf of a relative, and claims they urgently need money because they were in an accident, arrested, or are stranded. The caller then requests credit card information, Apple gift card numbers, or money to be sent via Western Union.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Scam - The caller pretends to be an agent from the IRS and demands money for back taxes. They threaten that failure to pay immediately will result in arrest by the local police department or a federal agency. They also request credit card information, bank information, or Apple gift card numbers.
Scam Callers attempt to scare their victims by threats and intimidation. The IRS and most legitimate businesses will not use this practice. In fact, the IRS never telephones people attempting to recoup back taxes. Scam callers also use number spoofing. Scammers often alter caller ID to make it look like the IRS or another business is calling. They may use the victim’s name, address and other personal information to make the call/scam sound official.
Remember to never give your personal information out over the phone, specifically your credit card or bank information. If you are ever suspicious of a call that you believe could potentially be a scam, please notify the Police Department.
In addition, we have recently been notified of an impersonation crime where two suspects posed as tree trimmers in an attempt to commit a burglary. After knocking on the front door, the first suspect lured the homeowner out of the home at which time a second suspect entered the home and began walking toward the master bedroom. Fortunately, the other resident was inside the home and startled the suspect, who quickly left without taking anything from the home. We have investigated similar crimes in the past and the intent is for the second suspect to steal items from the home while the first suspect keeps the homeowner occupied outside the residence.
We encourage residents to immediately notify the Police Department if they are suspicious of anyone that comes to their home, especially if they attempt to lure you outside of your residence. In addition, do not let people inside your home unless you requested service from that specific company.
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