The Lincoln Park Police Department wants to provide a few tips on how to avoid being a victim of phone scams. Recently we have had several reports of citizens being contacted by suspected phone scammers. Following these tips can help avoid being a victim.
- If you get a call saying you’re a winner – don’t pay any money to collect supposed sweepstakes winnings. Legitimate operations won’t require you to pay to collect your winnings.
- Never wire money to anyone with whom you are not familiar with
- Never provide anyone with personal information such as bank accounts, pin numbers or Social Security numbers.
- Check any unfamiliar area codes before returning calls
- Never make donations over the phone, no matter how nicely the caller may ask and how tempting the reward.
- IRS scams – This is not the IRS scamming you, but rather someone impersonating the IRS. Never give any personal information over the phone to anyone claiming to work for the IRS. This is not an IRS policy to request payment and personal information over the phone. * The IRS already had your information*
- If you become a victim please immediately contact the police department.
The Lincoln Park Neighborhood Watch Program will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pmn at the Lincoln Park Community Policing Building.
The purpose of the Open House is to engage with current members, recruit new members and share exciting new opportunities for members to get involved with the program in a leadership capacity.
This event is open to members and non-members alike, so please feel free to invite family, friends, neighbors, and any other Lincoln Park residents you think might be interested. Children are welcome.
For more information please contact Michael Parr at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling at 313-381-3217 .
The Lincoln Park Neighborhood Watch Program (NWP) is proud to support the city of Lincoln Park’s Adopt a Park Program.
We have chosen to adopt Jaycee Park, located at the corner of Harrison and Ferris. This is a small park, but has a playscape for younger children, a shelter, and a barbecue grill, as well as a basketball court.
As a part of the program, we will be responsible for visiting the park regularly to do minor clean up, such as picking up trash, pulling large weeds. Any major issues noted, such as graffiti, damaged equipment, should be reported to the program supervisor. In addition, we are required to hold at least one large public event at the park during the summer season.
We are reaching out to our members and asking you to help us support this effort to make our city a cleaner, safer place to live, work, and play.
Our first cleanup effort will be held on Saturday May 16th from 10:00 am until about 12:00 noon. We expect to be picking up trash, pulling weeds, and possibly painting the playscape, so wear work clothes, and bring your own gloves. Other supplies will be provided. Specific dates and times for subsequent organized group cleanups are undetermined at this time; we will notify you as soon as we have that information. In the meantime, please feel free to stop by Jaycee Park, or any of the parks in our city, whenever you have a chance.
For more information or to assist, please contact Mary Ellen Mitchell (Volunteer Coordinator) email@example.com or Michael Parr (Program Coordinator) firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 313-381-3217.
Did you know there is one new victim of identity theft every three seconds in the United States? Identity theft is when someone uses your identifying information such as name, date of birth, social security number, credit card number, etc. to obtain goods, services, credit or open fraudulent bank accounts.
Awareness and education are the first steps in preventing identity theft. By safeguarding your personal information, you can reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim.
Here are some ways you can protect your identity:
- Never give out identifying information in response to unsolicited offers by phone, mail, Internet or in-person.
- Order and review your credit report yearly to check for unauthorized activity. You are entitled to one free credit disclosure in a 12-month period. To request a free credit report, visit Central Source at www.annualcreditreport.com or call toll-free (877) 322-8228.
- Review financial and credit card statements monthly for unauthorized charges.
- Cross shred documents (i.e. receipts, insurance forms, bank and credit card statements, cash advance checks, etc.) containing personal identifiers before discarding.
- Remove mail from the mailbox as soon as possible. Place your mail delivery on hold at the post office while out of town.
- Be aware of where your personal identification is kept at work and at home, and know who has access to it.
- Protect your wallet and/or purse – never leave them unattended. Limit the number of credit cards you carry and don’t carry your PIN or social security card in your wallet and/or purse.
- Treat checkbooks, ATM cards, credit cards and credit card offers as cash. Cancel unneeded credit cards.
- Don’t put your social security number, phone number or date of birth on your checks.
- When using the Internet to make purchases, look for the “s” in the address (https) to ensure it is a secure site.
For more information about how to prevent identity theft and what steps to take if you are a victim, visit www.michigan.gov/identity-
An aggressive and sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, has been making the rounds throughout the country. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.
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.
Or, victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information.
If the phone isn’t answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request.
Note that the IRS will never:
- Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill;
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe;
- Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card;
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone; or
- Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.