Village of Northfield
Police Department
10455 Northfield Rd
Northfield, Ohio 44067
330.467.7139
Dispatch: 330.467.7112
Fax Line: 330.468.2538


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SCAMS

CITIZEN ALERT:

SCAM ALERT WITH OHIO EDISON
Posted: July 6, 2015

On this date, July 1st 2015, I received a call from dispatch to respond to the Northfield Veterinary Clinic located at 10545 Northfield Road, Northfield Village, OH 44067 in reference to a potential scam alert.

I arrived on scene and spoke to Doctor Roger Redman. Redman stated that he received a phone call from a man named Derick Bailey, from Ohio Edison. Redman stated that Bailey said the Clinic is behind on their electric payments. Redman stated that Bailey said Redman has forty five minutes to make a payment on the electric bill or the power will be shut off.

Bailey gave Redman a number to call to make the payment. Redman stated he called the number and said the number sounded like a legitimate Ohio Edison service number. Redman then began to provide a credit card number to a representative. Redman said he got half way in to providing the credit card number and then decided that it did not feel right, and hung up the phone.

Redman stated he made phone calls to their financial offices and people who pay the bills; the representatives involved with the Northfield Veterinary Clinic told Redman that the bills were up to date and not behind on any payments.

Redman said he then called the Northfield Village Police Department to report the incident.

Redman provided me with the number that called him in regards to the power. I called that number twice and I received a voice message saying that, "all representatives are busy, please leave a message."

The incident was a money scam and the case will be documented for any incidents that take place in the future against any Northfield business or household.

Prepared by: Ptl. Andrew Dziak

IRS SCAM ALERT!

Posted: April 2, 2015

It is stressful enough for most people just having your taxes done by April 15. Scams aimed at stealing your money can make tax season even more stressful.

Several area residents have reported receiving phone calls from purported IRS Agents demanding payment for taxes owed and were threatened to be arrested if they did not pay immediately by credit card. Luckily they hung up and called the IRS directly.

I researched the scam, as did the Summit County Prosecutor, and found the Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration (TIGTA) has issued a warning that crooks posing as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials are contacting people claiming they owe taxes. The caller demands a prepaid debit card, wire transfer or a credit card number for payment. If the person doesn't comply, the caller threatens to arrest or deport the target, or take away their driver's license or business.

Statistics show that thousands of victims have already lost money to these tax scam artists. But there are ways to recognize them and stop their attempts to steal your money.

These scammers often:

·  Call you, but when the IRS contacts people about unpaid taxes, they do it by postal mail
·  Know the last four digits of your SSN
·  Demand payment via a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. The IRS doesn't ask for either of these payment methods, nor will they ask for credit card numbers.
·  Make a second call claiming to be the police or department of motor vehicles.

To protect yourself from imposters who call, claiming to be from the IRS:
·   Don’t provide any account or other personal information. Hang up!
·   Never wire money to a person or company you don’t know
·   If you owe – or think you owe – federal taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040
·   If you’ve already paid your taxes, call and report the incident to TIGTA at 800-366-4484
·   Forward emails from the IRS to phishing@irs.gov. Don’t open any attachments or click on any links in those emails.
·   File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and include “IRS Telephone Scam” in your complaint.

 

 
   

IRS Scam
February 20, 2014

During the tax season, the scammer will call a home and tell the person they are with the IRS and that they will be arrested the following day for tax violations. The scammer then asks for personal information, including their social security number and bank account numbers. The scammers are very convincing and intimidating.

The IRS typically contacts taxpayers in writing if there is an issue -- not via the telephone, e-mail or text. If you receive a call like this, hang up. If you think you might owe taxes, contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to confirm whether you owe taxes, or not. If there is a problem with your taxes, the IRS will help you fix it.

Door to door salesmen offering low-cost quotes on asphalt paving.
ALERT! From Sherri Bevan Walsh, Prosecuting Attorney, County of Summit
October 24, 2013

Numerous Akron and Canton consumers have reported a scam involving door-to-door salesmen offering low-cost quotes on asphalt paving. A man claiming to be Johnny Young tells consumers that he operates Asphalt Construction, an asphalt paving business. He has also used the following business names: JRY Construction, Johnny Asphalt, Johnny Young Asphalt and Construction, William Wells Asphalt Construction Co. and Young & Cooper Asphalt.

A non-profit organization and several senior citizens said that Mr. Young came to their residence/place of business offering to pave their driveways with "leftover" asphalt. He provided no written cost estimate before paving and started paving immediately. He did not notify the consumers of their right to cancel within three business days.

Consumers said the billed amoung was exceptionally high (around $3,000 to $8,000) and that the job was done poorly. Also, consumers could not get ahold of Mr. Young after the initial business transaction.

This is a common scam that aims to steal thousands of dollars from you. Do not accept any offers of work with 'leftover' supplies. To find a reputable contractor, contact the Akron Better Business Bureau at (330) 253-4590.

 

 

Fraudulent Police Fundraising Calls Reaching Summit County
For Immediate release June 21, 2012

With so much need in the world, fraudulent telemarketers are taking advantage of consumers’ desire to help others. A local business reported receiving calls from an individual claiming to be from the Summit County Police Department asking for donations to take needy children shopping at Wal-Mart. When the business started questioning the telemarketer about the donation, the caller became abusive and hung up.

For complete alert click here.
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WARNING Unlicensed Female Door-to-Door Solicitor
For immediate realease June 21, 2012

The County of Summit Office of Consumer Affairs has received reports from residents in Bath and Richfield Townships of an unlicensed door-to-door female solicitor selling educational study guides and software for kids for Southwestern Advantage (The Southwestern Company). The complaints have indicated that the solicitor is presenting the county’s license application form as her license. This individual is NOT LICENSED with the county.

For complete alert click here. pdf

 

 
Electric Power Worker Scam -
Alert issued by Sherri Bevan Walsh, Prosecuting Attorney, County of Summit
Alert regarding scammers claiming to be American Electric Power (AEP) employees in order to get into individual's homes. AEP employees always call customers to schedule a time if they need to enter the home. Additionally, all SEP employees wear company-issued clothing with the AEP logo.


For complete alert click here. pdf
 

Secret Shopper Scam


Beware of phony mailing regarding a job to be a secret shopper. They send a phony check to you to deposit into your bank account. Then you are to wire a portion of the funds back to them. Then the check ends up not good and you are out of the money!

Click here to see the actual mailing
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Consumer Alert

From: The Office of Consumer Affairs
Beware of Calls Offering Prizes
They may be selling multiple magazine subscriptions.


To read more about the scam click here
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Snowplow Scam
 
Residents should be aware that there is a scam going around our area involving an alleged snowplow company in which a letter offering a snowplowing contract is being stuffed into mailboxes.  The "contractor" requests that half of the seasonal fees be paid up front and that the remainder be paid by January 15th.  The contract is then signed and returned with the payment.  Reportedly the company never plows the contracted person's property.  This is not a new scam and it is believed that some victims have already tried to prosecute the responsible parties but were unsuccessful.  It is NVPD's understanding that the courts have ruled this to be a civil matter due to a contractual agreement being signed between the parties.  Residents should be advised that all legitimate contractors are required to register with Northfield Village and obtain the necessary annual plow permit. 
  


 
Health Insurance Scam:
A health insurance salesman makes a pitch that his company's private Medicare plan can meet their needs as well as their current plan, only much more cheaply. Unfortunately, people are finding that this plan is not accepted by doctors. Not only that, but it can take months to switch back to their original health insurance plan. Residents who find themselves in this situation should contact their Regional Medicare office.

Foreclosure-Rescue Scam:
Many people on the verge of losing their home may receive letters from so-called foreclosure-rescue groups who promise assistance to the homeowners. To some, these groups seem like their only hope. However, these groups are offering a scheme to take control of the house and strip any equity left in it. Take caution if you receive a letter in the mail from any of these groups, as they are trying to take control of your property, leaving you without any equity.

Credit Card Scam:

The Akron Police Department is reporting a credit card scam where
con artists are pretending to be fraud investigators with either VISA or MASTERCARD.

The SCAM: The victim receives a call from the supposed investigator stating that someone has gained access to their account and asks for the three-digit PIN number on the back of the person's credit card. They claim to need this information so they can start an investigation. The problem is VISA and MASTERCARD maintain a record of the PIN numbers of their credit card holders, therefore, there would be no reason for an investigator to ask fo a person's PIN number.

The SOLUTION: If you receive any calls regarding your credit cards, hang up and call the number on the back of your credit card and ask them is they just called. If the credit card company did not call, please notify your local police agency.

I've been robbed! Can I use your phone? SCAM:

The Beacon Journal recently reported on a new technique criminals are using to gain access to your home. Once again criminals are using our natural instinct to help a person in need. While it is hard to resist the urge to help someone in need our best advice is to keep your doors closed & locked. If you open the door make sure the screen door is locked and inform the person that you will call 9-1-1 and then close your door. Please feel free to call the Police Department if you need any additional advice or help.

Are you on the "Elderly Opportunity Seekers" list?

When you enter sweepstakes either through the mail or on the phone, your personal information could be entered into a database which is sold to criminals seeking to drain your bank accounts. These criminals can even obtain lists of "Suffering Seniors", senior citizens with debilitating problems. Here is how this scam works. A very friendly person will call to enter you into a sweepstakes or offer to help you in other ways. Some will even say they are government workers or from the Social Security Administration. The conversation starts out friendly enough but by the end of the conversation they have obtained your bank account number.

Don't be fooled by these criminals. If you have caller I.D., don't answer your phone unless you know who is calling you. If you receive an email from someone you do not know, delete it without opening it. If you receive an unexpected visitor at your door, don't open the door.

Preying On The Elderly:

The Akron Police Department is investigating three separate incidents over the last couple of weeks involving a male posing as a FBI agent and scamming elderly victims out of thousands of dollars. In these cases, the victims are receiving telephone calls from a male posing as a FBI agent. He is telling the elderly victims that he is either investigating them personally or investigating a con artist involved in a sweepstakes or lottery. The caller then recruits the victims to catch the suspect. The victims are then ordered to withdraw money from their bank and wire it to the suspect. On a couple of occasions, the caller has even provided a cab ride to assist in transporting the elderly victim to the bank and then to a location to wire the money.


The police department warns citizens "If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is!"

Several tips to avoid being a victim of a scam:

1. Never give personal information over the phone.

2. Never send money to anyone you don't know.

3. Always double check with your bank or local law enforcement agency before acting on request to send money to anyone.

If you have an elderly releative or friend, please alert them to this scam. If you have any information about these cases or similar cases, please contact the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.

 
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