Monday, April 29, 2013
Open your eyes before opening your wallet, experts said.
Since the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon in Washington and the World Trade Center Towers in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, the groundswell of good-hearted citizens seeking to contribute to the families of survivors has been partially tainted by unscrupulous groups and individuals seeking to profit from tragedy. The aftermath of the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 have demonstrated that Americans are generous in their efforts to help the families and individuals affected by the terrorist acts, but some experts warn that scammers once again are trying to take unfair advantage. WJLA reported on Tuesday that at least one such scam was being perpetrated via Twitter. Under the Twitter handle “Hope for Boston,” …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Suspects are posing as utility workers to gain entry into homes.
Greenbelt police are warning residents about a scam in Center City leading to burglaries, according to police spokeswoman Kelly Lawson, who sent an alert Thursday. On Wednesday, police responded to Maplewood Court just after noon, for a report of a burglary in progress, according to the alert. A resident told police that a Hispanic male, dressed in a neon yellow jumpsuit and hardhat knocked on his door telling the resident he was a gas company employee and needed to check the resident's stove. The resident allowed the man to enter, the alert stated, but once inside the man distracted the resident, while two other men entered the home and "ransacked" it. All three suspects fled before taking anything, police said. Witnesses told police that…
Monday, July 30, 2012
Police advise caution with unknown callers.
The Greenbelt Police Department is advising residents to always exercise caution when asked to provide personal information over the phone to unknown callers—especially credit card information. Neither the Greenbelt Police Department nor the Greenbelt Fraternal Order of Police Lodge solicit donations by telephone, according to a police press release. Telemarketing fraud is a crime, says the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which warns that "Telephone scammers are good at what they do." For more information on scams and how to protect yourself against fraud, see the FTC's information page on its website.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
A roundup of news and information from around Prince George's County, MD.
A look at the stories that made the biggest splash this week around Prince George's County. DC Fire Lieutenant Charged With Stealing Hay From Upper Marlboro Man DC Fire and EMS Lt. Kellene Davis is facing charges after she allegedly attached a chain to a pickup truck, ripped off the doors of a shed, and stole almost 20 bales of hay in Upper Marlboro. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in jail. Police Warn Residents to Look Out for Fake Lottery Scams A New Carrollton woman was reportedly conned into withdrawing $8,000 for someone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House. Greenbelt Housing Co-op Passes Non-Smoking Directive GHI housing co-op members give their board the nod to come up with a proposal that would allow them to …