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Counterfeit $100 Bills

May 8, 2014

This week several banks in Martin County have reported receiving eleven counterfeit $100 bills. The counterfeit bills are very difficult to distinguish from a genuine $100 note. Click here to read the recent news release.

 

Home Security and Burglary Prevention Tips

April 10, 2014 - 3:16 PM

Click here for more Security and Burglary Prevention tips or see below for more information.

The recent spike of burglaries and financial loss to victims point to the continued need for vigilance.

Target hardening, or protecting vulnerable areas of your home and property by means of physical security devices, is an excellent starting point for reducing the likelihood that your house or apartment will be burglarized. Fairmont Police encourage everyone to use any or all of the following methods to avoid being victimized.

Lock all doors and window when leaving the home unattended, even for a short while.

Keep large sums of cash in banks and expansive jewelry in safe deposit boxes.

Keep your landscaping directly around your home small. This avoids areas where people may be able to lurk around.

Do not hide keys under the doormat, in a flowerpot, or on top of the electricity meter box outside the house.

Do not leave notes outside of the house announcing your absence from home.

Leave a light, radio or T.V.  on at night to give an impression that occupants are home.

Cancel all mail or newspaper when you are away from home for a few days.

Change all locks when your house keys are lost or stolen.

Asking your immediate neighbors to keep an eye on your house while you are away can be very beneficial.

Text Message Credit Card Scam (01/12/14)

Fairmont, Minn. - The Fairmont Police Department received several reports this week regarding further fraud attempts.  Last month numerous area residents received phone calls that played a computer generated message stating their bank credit card had been frozen or locked.  The recipients were instructed to enter their 16 digit credit card number and then their PIN.  Many people recognized the call as fraudulent but some entered their personal information for fear of their accounts being frozen. Click here for more information.

Debit card/ Credit card scam (12/14/13)

The Fairmont Police Department and the Martin County Sheriff's Department has received numerous calls regarding an automated phone scam involving Bank Midwest customers. Click here for the press release. To protect yourself do not give out your credit/debit card number and pin number to anyone that calls you or from a call that you did not make. Contact your bank if your information was given out.

Fake Publisher's Clearing House Scam (August 2013)
The Fairmont Police Department asks area residents to be cautious of phone callers claiming to be from Publisher's Clearing House. The scammers tell the victim that they have won a large sum of money and encourage the victim to purchase a $200-$1000 money card from a big box store like Wal-Mart or Walgreens so their "cash prize" can be deposited onto their card balance. The scammers then instruct the victim to give them the pin number on the money card which the scammers then use to drain the balance of the money card.  The Fairmont Police Department would like to remind citizens that legitamate sweepstakes never require a purchase to win a prize. Please click the link above to view the fraud protection video from Publisher's Clearing House.

Credit Card Fraud Alert (04/16/2013)
The Fairmont Police Department asks area residents to be cautious of another credit card fraud coming around again. Residents can find further information on this fraud at: http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/creditcard.asp 

Jury Duty Fraud/Scam Alert (12/10/2012)
The Fairmont Police Department is advising area residents to be cautious of unsolicited calls, emails, or texts claiming that the recipient failed to report for jury duty.  The person may claim that there is a warrant for their arrest, that money must be sent to avoid being arrested, or that they provide their full name, date of birth, social security number, or mother’s maiden name to prove that they are not the person being “sought” for failing to appear.

Counterfeit Bills Circulating in the Fairmont Area (08/27/12)

Level III Predatory Offenders living in Fairmont

Local Grandparent Telephone Fraud/Scam Alert (Ongoing) 

The Fairmont Police Department is advising area residents to be cautious of “emergency” calls alleging to be from family members asking for money to be wire transferred to Foreign Country.

 Check Fraud/Classified Ads

Fraudelent checks received as "payment" for items posted on Ebay, CraigsList, Classified Ads etc. are being written for hundreds and even thousands of dollars more than the items is being sold. The seller promises to cash the check and send the extra money to the buyer. The check bounces when cashed at the bank, which costs the seller/Fairmont Area Resident hundreds or even thousands of dollars.  Click here for details.

Counterfeit $100 - bills being passed in Fairmont


Mail Theft - Press Release and Prevention Tips


New Hotmail/Windows Live email scam


Secret Shopper Scam Alert (03/06/2009)


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Underage Drinking Survey

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