National White Collar Crime Center Newsletter Highlights Elderly Scams and Identity Theft

“The Briefing”, a newsletter from the National White Collar Crime Center, highlights elderly scams and identity theft and has other information on relevant topics to today such as data breaches and legislation requiring businesses to notify consumers within 30 days of a data breach.

Take the time to read this and educate yourself so you can stay safe from scams and identity theft.

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Deadline to apply for Virginia Sheriff’s Institute Scholarships May 1

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The Virginia Sheriff’s Institute Scholarship program was established to provide an opportunity for young people across Virginia to pursue an educational curriculum in law enforcement or criminal justice. The Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute’s Board of Directors has established the application process for students to review scholarships to assist in their education endeavors. The scholarships are available to students in jurisdictions where sheriffs participate in the Virginia Sheriff’s Institute fund raising efforts. The scholarship is limited to students attending Virginia colleges and universities.

The application deadline for the 2015/2016 school year is May 1, 2015. Applications may be downloaded from https://vasheriffsinstitute.org/scholarship/ .

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Brag Post: Citizen Letter to Sheriff Mike Brown

Dep Daniel Clark and Young Citizen

Good Afternoon Sheriff Brown,

I went to Liberty High School last night (Monday) with my son who is 7 and my in-laws.  We went to watch my oldest son and his team (Heritage High School) play varsity basketball against Liberty at 7:30pm.

Your deputy that was on duty there last night for the game was the nicest, deputy I have ever encountered at a school.   He had a smiling face from the time he opened the door for my little boy to enter the building until we left the gym.   He has left a lasting impression with us.

My 7 year old is not your ordinary 7 year old.  He is a people person.  Everyone is his friend.  Which scares me at times.  Because not everyone has good intentions

Your deputy spoke to him and they talked at times during the 2 hours we were there. They even high fived a couple of times.  I failed to look at his name badge.  Hopefully you will know who it is from the pictures.

You should be proud to have him on your team!

Amy Snead

 

SCAM ALERT: Euro Millions Lottery Letters Are A Scam

Fraud Alert

Citizens are receiving letters from  the “Euro Millions Lotteries Board Commission” asking you to call a number and claim your winnings.

THIS IS A SCAM.

Here is an actual letter: Sample Euro Millions Lotteries Board Letter

 

FRAUD ALERT: Don’t Let This Utility Scam Leave You Out In The Cold

Fraud Alert

BBB Alert: Don’t Let this Utility Scam Leave You Out in the Cold

Roanoke, VA (January 20, 2015) – Winter has arrived and as the temperature continue to drop, heating costs continue to rise. Utility bills aren’t the only thing on the rise- the nasty weather is also attracting a nasty scam.

Businesses in Western Virginia are reporting receiving phone calls from individuals claiming to be their electric utility company threatening to turn off their power unless an immediate payment is made. The caller claims to represent Appalachian Power and requests payment through a pre-paid debit card.

Appalachian Power, a unit of American Electric Power, has issued the following alert on their website:

Thieves are calling our customers, threatening to shut off power unless an immediate payment is made. Appalachian Power never asks for pre-paid debit cards for payment. Please use our authorized payment methods, and call us at (800) 956-4237 if you have questions or concerns.

The caller may sound official, and may threaten to immediately cut off the power if payment is not received. One business owner reported to BBB that the call came from a 1-877-303-0600 number and claimed to be American Electric Power. We called on 1/17/15 and a recording claimed to be American Electric Power. When we called the number just three days later on 1/20/15, we heard a recording stating we had reached the “NV Energy Disconnection Dept.” NV Energy is a legitimate utility company based out of Nevada. It appears the scammers are using the same set of phone numbers, and are
re-recording their messages using the name of a utility company that serves the zip code they are currently targeting.

“If anyone calls you and demands immediate payment accompanied by threats, hang up the phone,” says Julie Wheeler, President and CEO of BBB Serving Western VA. “A legitimate company will not operate in this manner. If you have an account with the company the caller is claiming to represent, use a verified number to call the company to check the status of your account. Never use the number supplied by the caller.”

BBB advises the following:

  • Confirm that you are speaking to a utility representative.  If you have any concerns, tell the caller that you will independently check the phone number for the utility to verify the caller’s identity and information. The toll free number for Virginia AEP consumers is 1-800-956-4237.
  • Be wary of anyone demanding immediate payment or payment in forms that are difficult to trace, such as Western Union, MoneyGram or GreenDot MoneyPak cash cards.
  • Never give your credit card, debit card, Social Security, ATM, checking or savings account numbers to anyone who comes to your home, calls or sends an email requesting information.
  • Never allow anyone claiming to be a utility service person into your home unless you have scheduled an appointment and the person has proper identification. Contact police if you become concerned about your safety.
  • If you believe you may be the victim of a scam, you may contact your utility company, or you may call the BBB at (800) 533-5501.

BBB is a nonprofit, business-supported organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. The BBB provides objective advice, free BBB Business Reviews on more than 4 million companies and 11,000 charities, dispute resolution services, alerts and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. Please visit www.bbb.org for more information.

 

If you need more information, contact the BBB at (540) 342-3455 or (800) 533-5501. You can also visit www.bbb.org. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BBBWesternVA and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BBBWesternVA.

Download a PDF of this Fraud Alert from the BBB

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Liberty University Supports Law Enforcement During Taylors Mountain Dig

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Liberty University provided 75 box lunches and transportation for law enforcement in Bedford County, Va., on Monday, Jan. 12, as investigators, following new leads, conducted a search for a break in a decades-old case involving two missing girls.

In 1975, the Lyon sisters — Sheila, 12, and Katherine, 10 — were last seen walking to the Wheaton Plaza mall in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Wheaton, Md., from their nearby home. Investigators now believe the suspect in the case owned property on Taylor Mountain in Bedford County, which is the subject search area.

Bedford County Sheriff Michael Brown said he could not describe how thankful he was for Liberty’s assistance during this time.

“There is nothing that President Jerry Falwell and Liberty will not provide for local law enforcement,” he said. “This is a financial cost for the sheriff’s office because we are a small department compared to some. I cannot say enough about how thankful I am to Liberty for providing the lunches and transportation for investigators up and down the mountain.”

For 12 hours per day from Jan. 12-15, members from the FBI field office in Richmond, Va., and other law enforcement agencies will eat meals provided by Sodexo, Liberty’s dining services provider, at Thaxton Baptist Church in Bedford. Liberty University Transit Services will shuttle them to and from Taylor Mountain throughout the search process.

“We are hoping to uncover evidence on the mountain that will lead us to a suspect after a proper examination,” Brown said. “The priority is to locate these two young girls so that we can return remains to their parents and give them a (proper) burial. No parent should go through not knowing where their children are.”

Original Article: Liberty University News and Events

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Goes Project Blue Light!


Project Blue Light is a simple gesture. The color blue is symbolic of peace. C.O.P.S. is encouraging law enforcement families, friends, and law enforcement agencies to decorate in blue lights not just during the holiday season but every day of the year. By placing one blue light in a window of your home, you’ll be showing your support for those officers who have made the supreme sacrifice and honoring those officers who continue to work the violent streets of our nation.

The Project Blue Light began during the holiday season in 1988 when Mrs. Dolly Craig of Philadelphia, PA wrote to C.O.P.S. that she would be putting two blue candles in her living room that holiday season. One was for her son-in-law, Daniel Gleason, who had been killed in the line of duty on June 5, 1986, while serving the Philadelphia (PA) Police Department, and the other one was for her daughter and Danny’s wife, Pam, who was killed in an automobile accident in August 1988. Danny and Pam had six children. Dolly Craig is now deceased as well, but the idea is her legacy. Project Blue Light now burns bright in the hearts of many of the nearly 15,000 surviving families of America’s fallen law enforcement officers during the holiday season and throughout the year.

Especially during the holidays, decorate with blue lights – C.O.P.S. would like to encourage law enforcement agencies to decorate the precinct stations and headquarters in blue lights. By displaying your blue lights, you will be sending a dual message: that you support America’s peacemakers and that you hope the coming year will be a year of peace.

For more information about the National Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc., visit the National C.O.P.S. website at www.nationalcops.org.

A Bedford County Sheriff’s Christmas Story

Sheriff Mike Brown

Twas’ two weeks before Christmas and at Mr. Gross’s place,
The news of so many not to have Christmas put sadness on his face.
“We need to raise money and shop for these kids, but I am just one,
I need many for this”.
So off to the Sheriff’s office he drove,
Asking for Sheriff Mike Brown to help with this load.
“My Elves all in brown will be happy to help”
So Sheriff Brown sent them to plan it all out.
Over 100 little kids with wish lists were sent,
The money raised by Gross came in and off to Wal-mart they went.
You take Timmy, Tommy, Sammy and Stu,
I’ll head to the pink aisle for Melanie and Sue.
Bags of goodies were sorted, labeled and tagged,
Now comes the hard part, for deliveries to be made.
Decked out in his hat and trusty Ford reindeer by his side,
Sheriff Santa Brown set out for a county-wide ride.
Off to Stewartsville! Body Camp! Moneta and more!
Imagine the shock on Mom’s face at the door!
The Elves in brown helped pick up the slack,
As they spread throughout the county with bags of toys on their backs.
Now these little ones of Bedford will be happy when they wake in the morn,
To see all these gifts under the tree they adorned.
Nothing makes me happier than to see a child’s smile,
Looks like we may be doing this in the future for some while.
On behalf of Mr. Gross, local businesses and my Elves in brown,
This Sheriff Santa wishes Merry Christmas to Bedford County and Bedford Town!
~Poem by Elf Sundquist

BRAG POST: Bedford County Sheriff’s Corporal Receives DMV Award

Media Notification
December 17, 2014

DMVAward
Steve Williams, Program Manager for the Roanoke Region of VA Department of Motor Vehicles, presented Corporal Gary Desilvey with the Click It or Ticket 2014 Award. This award is based on those officers who made aggressive enforcement efforts during the Click It campaign, along with promoting seat belt use to the public and community through education and outreach.

Only six individual officers in the entire Commonwealth earned this annual Seat Belt Leadership Awards this year. “Corporal Desilvey rallied the troops and coordinated Click It events throughout the year”, stated Sheriff Mike Brown, “I am very proud of his commitment and the entire agency’s commitment to the safety of all drivers that travel in and pass through Bedford County. With more than half of Virginia’s 2013 fatalities being unbelted, this type of work has a significant impact when it comes to saving lives.”

Sheriff Brown wishes to remind all drivers that Bedford County Sheriff’s Office has a ‘NO warning’ policy when it comes to those who are not buckled up.

Cpl Desilvey received an award certificate and a gift of a SureFire LED Flashlight which are known as ‘the best’ in the law enforcement world.

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