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State Police Warn of Phone Scam Targeting Grandparents !

5 Dec

Gazette Staff

The Indiana State Police would like to warn the public about a phone scam that has
been reported recently in central Indiana, but happens annually all across the
state. Recently some elderly residents have been swindled out of money by out of
country con artists that are calling from phone numbers in the U.S. and Canada.

The scam targets grandparents with the subject calling the victim stating he is a
grandson and is in trouble, usually in Canada, and needs cash wired right away. The
“trouble” calls have ranged from the grandson being arrested to being hurt in a car
crash and needing money for treatment.

The caller is quick to ask grandparents NOT to call mom or dad and let them know, so
investigators warn would be victims to always call relatives to check up on the
situation-even when the caller tells you not to.

Remember, never wire money without verifying the situation with relatives. In
addition, never give out personal information like dates of birth, social security
numbers or bank account numbers over the phone. Victims have lost funds ranging from
the hundreds to thousands of dollars to this scam.

If you get a call from a number you don’t recognize, let it go to voicemail. If they
don’t leave a message, it was probably a scam call generated by computerized
automatic dialer set to dial thousands of numbers, looking for a victim who will
answer and believe their phone story. If you feel you’ve been a victim, the FBI
website for filing a complaint is http://www.ic3.gov, or you can call your local State
Police Post.

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Schererville Crime Watch Offers Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

21 Nov

A special thank you to Schererville Crime Watch for these great tips:

With the Christmas Shopping season upon us it is important to remembe the following tips:
1. Shop during daylight hours when possible.
2. Avoid wearing jewelry.
3. Do not carry a purse or wallet if possible.
4.Carry your identification and credit cards in a front pocket.
5. Stay Alert to your surroundings.
6. Avoid carrying cash.
7. Avoid overloading yourself with packages.
8. Be aware of strangers approaching you for any reason. Con-artists may
try to distract you with intentions of taking your money or belongings.
9. Before entering a parking lot prepare yourself to take action if need be. Have your keys out and survey the area around your vehicle. If possible let a loved one know that you are leaving the store and heading home.

Lake County Trick or Treat Hours 5-7 pm Oct. 31

28 Oct

Gazette Staff

 

trick or treat times announced in hammond, griffith, highland, dyer, st. john, lowell, cedar lakeTrick or treat hours for all Lake County cities and towns will be from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm with the exception of Gary.  Trick or treat hours in Gary will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on October 31, 2013.  As a reminder, the Indiana State Police offer the following halloween safety tips:

The Indiana State Police would like to remind parents of a few safety tips to observe during the Halloween holiday. Parents and children will be out in full force next week trick-or-treating and the Indiana State Police would like to remind parents that observing just a few rules will help can make the evening both fun and safe.
Costume Tips-
•Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls.
•Try make-up instead of a mask. Masks often obstruct a child’s vision, which makes tasks like crossing the street and going up and down stairs dangerous.
•Make sure children wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.Trick or Treating-
•Make sure older children trick-or-treat with friends. Together, map out a safe route so parents know where they will be.
•Instruct children to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.
•Encourage children to trick-or-treat while it’s still light out. If children are out after dark, make sure they have flashlights and travel on well lighted streets.
•Remind children not to enter the homes or cars of strangers.
•Follow your communities trick-or-treating hours.

Treats-
•Remind children not to eat any of their treats until they get home.
•Check out all treats at home in a well-lighted place.
•Only eat unopened candies and other treats that are in original wrappers. Remember to inspect fruits

Additionally, many communities, schools and churches offer children safe alternatives to trick-or-treating designed to keep children safely within parents’ view. Some hospitals and schools allow children to trick-or-treat by going from room to room virtually eliminating the dangers associated with being out walking on the street after dark.

Pizza Hut in Hammond reports receiving counterfeit money

21 Oct

The Pizza Hut restaurant on Indianapolis Boulevard in Hammond reported receiving counterfeit bills over the weekend. Counterfeit bills sometimes go through the system undetected and, as consumers, we must be careful not to accept counterfeit bills as change. If you get a questionable bill contact local police immediately. If you pass a counterfeit bill, even inadvertantly, you may be liable for civil damages. Intentional passing of counterfeit bills is, of course, a felony.

The US Secret Service offers the following tips for detecting counterfeit bills:

Portrait

The genuine portrait appears lifelike and stands out distinctly from the background. The counterfeit portrait is usually lifeless and flat. Details merge into the background which is often too dark or mottled.

Federal Reserve and Treasury Seals

On a genuine bill, the saw-tooth points of the Federal Reserve and Treasury seals are clear, distinct, and sharp. The counterfeit seals may have uneven, blunt, or broken saw-tooth points.

Border

The fine lines in the border of a genuine bill are clear and unbroken. On the counterfeit, the lines in the outer margin and scrollwork may be blurred and indistinct.

Serial Numbers

Genuine serial numbers have a distinctive style and are evenly spaced. The serial numbers are printed in the same ink color as the Treasury Seal. On a counterfeit, the serial numbers may differ in color or shade of ink from the Treasury seal. The numbers may not be uniformly spaced or aligned.

Paper

Genuine currency paper has tiny red and blue fibers embedded throughout. Often counterfeiters try to simulate these fibers by printing tiny red and blue lines on their paper. Close inspection reveals, however, that on the counterfeit note the lines are printed on the surface, not embedded in the paper. It is illegal to reproduce the distinctive paper used in the manufacturing of United States currency.

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