Every day there are victims of scams that come to the police station and tell of stories that sound too good to be true. Those stories never work out and victims are scammed out of hard earned money too often. Take a look at the most common scams below; knowledge is power, and knowing a scam makes it so much easier to say NO!
If someone calls you or comes to your door, you are encouraged to ask questions about their legitimacy and call the Police Station. In Revere, any door-to-door solicitor must check-in with the Police Station beforehand. This "check-in" involves a background check for crimes and information about where the persons will be going. Only these solicitors should be considered as legitimate. Remember, if someone comes to your door or gives you a call and you are unsure, check in with the police by calling 781-284-1212 ext. 0 to make sure you are not being scammed.
If you know of any scams that are not listed below, please send an email or call the Tip Line: 781-286-8847.
Revere Police Non-Emergency Line: 781-284-1212 ext. 0
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A man knocks on your door and says he has extra asphalt and is willing to pave your driveway at a discounted price. His high pressure approach confuses and intimidates. You are not getting a deal, you are being scammed.
If you agree, here is what likely happens. Men and equipment suddenly appear and begin "working" on your driveway. At some point, the conman claims a mistake was made and you owe thousands more than the original price. he threatens that is you refuse to pay, the "work" will cease. You may be escorted to the bank, to withdraw money. When you realize the scam you try to cancel the check only to learn it was cashed within minutes of it being written.
Paving scams like this occur regularly in Massachusetts and increase during spring and summer. The perpetrators target senior citizens and are well known to police across the country. Criminal charges vary by state but are commonly filed.
Avoid victimization and consider the following suggestions:
This article is intended as a public service announcement. It is a warning that joins numerous similar warnings that have appeared in newspapers, on television and been sent out by the AARP. Your vigilance will help police in their effort to keep Massachusetts safe and secure. When faced with one of these scammers remember, there is no such thing as extra asphalt.
You get a call stating that your loved one was in an accident and the individuals calling will only let them go safely if you wire money to them. These people calling will have enough information about your loved one that will make you believe it's for real. Fortunately, your loved one most likely has not been kidnapped; instead, you have become the target of an increasingly common scam throughout the nation.
When faced with this situation, remember to ask simple questions such as where the accident happened or what car your family member was driving. Try and get the phone number that called you and stay calm. The suspects in this scam often use your confusion and stress to take advantage of you during the call.
The best way to respond to this is to first attempt to get in contact with your loved one. This will be the best way to prove that the people behind the call are just scamming you. If you are unable to get in contact with them, call the Revere Police Department at 781-284-1212 ext. 0 and go over the call you received with as much detail as possible. At no point should you go to an ATM or wire any money, once you do, you can't get it back. Look below for some quick tips on how to prevent being scammed and what to do when you receive a call like this:
How to Prevent the Scam
What to Do If You Receive Such a Call
Analysis by the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) has revealed, over the past several months, unknown person(s) have used a popular and persistent phone scam to steal upwards of $14,000 USD from more than three dozen area businesses. On the whole, at least 50 incidents in this time period appear tied to this scam, 15 of them in Boston.
How it Works
Ways to Protect Yourself
Information regarding this scam was adapted from an earlier article by the Boston Police. To read their full article, click here to be redirected.
The FBI has become aware of a spear-phishing e-mail made to appear as if it were from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The subject of the e-mail is "Search for Missing Children", and a zip file containing 3 malicious files is attached. E-mail recipients should never open attachments or click links in suspicious e-mails.
Spear-phishing attacks are often used by individuals conducting targeted, rather than opportunistic, attacks. Those responsible for the attack may be seeking precise information stored on an organization's network or systems rather than monetary gain.
Every organization is at risk of being the target of a spear-phishing attack. This type of activity can be best mitigated with increased cyber security. When weighing available options pertaining to the implementation of appropriate mitigation strategies, organizations must begin by asking themselves the following:
To mitigate the threat of spear-phishing and other targeted attacks, DHS's United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) recommends the following actions:
If you have received a suspicious e-mail at work, please report it to your organization in accordance with your organization's security policy. You may also report this activity to the FBI by filing a complaint at www.ic3.gov. US-CERT can be reached by telephone at 888-282-0870 or by e-mail at SOC@us-cert.gov. US-CERT's web site can be found online at www.us-cert.gov. When available, each report submitted should include the date, time, location, type of activity, number of people, and type of equipment used for the activity, the name of the submitting company or organization, and a designated point of contact.
The above has been copied from an official release from the FBI Press Office. To see the official release, please follow this link: http://www.ic3.gov/media/2013/PSA_missing_children.pdf
A new scam has recently been reported throughout the area. It targets seniors and works by claiming to be setting up visits through Medicare. Scams targeting the elderly are numerous, as they may be more willing to give information over the phone and criminals believe they may be able to confuse or outsmart them into giving out important information. Inform yourself, your neighbors, and family to ensure the communities safety. Scams through phones are common and may not follow the exact steps below, but be familiar with the tactics used and know how to protect yourself!
How it Works
If you ever have any questions regarding Medicare, please visit their website, www.massresources.org/medicare.html, or call their hotline: 1-800-633-4227.
The Internal Revenue Service recently warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country.
Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation, or suspension of a business or driver's license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.
Other characteristics of this scam include:
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here's what you should do:
Taxpayers should be aware that there are other unrelated scams (such as lottery sweepstakes) and solicitations (such as debt relief) that fraudulently claim to be from the IRS.
The IRS encourages taxpayers to be vigilant against phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on how to report phishing scams involving the IRS is available on the genuine IRS website, IRS.gov.
The above has been adapted from an official release from the IRS. To see the full official release, please follow this link: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Warns-of-Pervasive-Telephone-Scam