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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.

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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STARTLING: Freeman-Wilson Says County Tax Will go to Fire Department

25 Jul

In a response to Governor Pence’s request for additional information regarding Gary Mayor Freeman-Wilson’s request for Indiana State Police assistance in Gary, the Mayor says

Additionally, themajority of the anticipated resources we will receive from the 1.5% income tax will be dedicated to funding public safety equipment needs that have been neglected over the course of the past 10 years. As an example, there is a dire need for fire engines and other apparatus, gas masks, coats and boots for firefighters and squad cars.

The correspondence began when the Mayor called on the Governor to provide Indiana State Police support for Gary.  The Governor responded on July 11, 2013 asking for a detailed plan as to how the City would use money from the newly implemented County Option Income Tax to help fight crime.

The Mayor also submitted a plan entitled “Gary Indiana for Life” which stated Gary will hire new police officers but did not provide details:

Officers on the Street
There will be an increased presence of law enforcement on the streets
through the hiring of more officers and further implementation of Community Policing programs. In the short term, we are looking to augment the number of police on the street through our monthly saturation patrols in cooperation with neighboring departments and the assistance of Indiana State Police.

http://www.teamgaryindiana.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Synopsis-of-GI-For-Life-Plan.pdf

.25% of the 1.5% County Option Income Tax (COIT) is reserved for Public Safety and is to be divided among the county and municipalities.  The FOP and many police officers supported the COIT.  It should be noted that the Governor asked about that portion of the income tax revenue but Mayor Freeman-Wilson appears to be addressing the entire funding to be received under the COIT.

Internet Crime Compliance Center Reports Scam Involving False Mugshots Online

20 Jul

The IC3 has received hundreds of complaints from individuals claiming they located their mug shots on 20 different websites, all of which allegedly use similar business practices. Some victims reported they were juveniles at the time of the arrests and their records were sealed. Therefore, their information should not be available to the public. Others stated the information posted on the sites was either incorrect or blatantly false.

Complainants who requested to have their mug shot removed, had to provide a copy of their driver’s license, court record and other personal identifying information. However, providing such information puts those at risk for identify theft.

Complainants were also subject to paying a fee to have their mug shot removed. Although they paid the fee, some of the mug shots were not removed. If they were removed, the mug shots appeared on similar websites.

If the victim threatened to report the websites for unlawful practice, the websites’ owners threatened to escalate the damaging information against the victim.