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MN Laws for Newly Licensed Teen Drivers

March 19, 2009 - 7:05 AM

Follow the link below to view a fact sheet from the MN Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) regarding the new Minnesota teen driving laws: Teen Driving Laws-MN OTS

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the leading cause of death for Minnesota’s 15- to 17-year-olds is traffic crashes. From 1999 to 2003, Minnesota traffic crashes took 236 teen lives — eclipsing the combined death total of the next four leading causes of death. Few relationships in human behavior are as simple and clear as that between age and crash involvement. Click here to view the latest "SRO Corner" submission to the Fairmont High School Newsletter regarding teen traffic safety.

For more information or if you have questions about school safety, please contact School Resource Officer, Jaime Bleess: jbleess@fairmont.org

Submitted by:

Jaime Bleess
School Resource Officer
Fairmont Police Department
Badge #42
507-235-4208 (School Desk)

Fraud Prevention Seminar

March 6, 2009 - 6:23 PM

Fraud Prevention Seminar Hosted by the Fairmont Police Department
Tuesday March 31st 2009, 6:00pm

Presentation followed by a question and answer time.
Open to the public, at no charge.

Topics include:
Fraud scams – mail, phone, and internet
How to protect yourself from Fraud & Identity Theft
What to do if you become a victim
Identifying counterfeit money

Knights of Columbus Hall
East 10th Street, Fairmont, MN

For more information contact:
Detective Eric Tonder (etonder@fairmont.org)
Detective Corey Klanderud (cklanderud@fairmont.org)

Secret Shopper Scam Alert

March 6, 2009 - 4:59 PM

March 6, 2009 Fairmont Police Department


Fairmont Police Department cautions area residents to be cautious of Secret Shopper scams

The Fairmont Police Department is advising area residents to be cautious of “secret / mystery shopper” employment opportunities.

In the last several weeks the Fairmont Police Department began receiving more reports from city residents on one of the latest frauds to get money from unsuspecting residents.  While the details of the scam can vary, this latest financial scam involves scam artists sending documents on becoming a possible secret shopper.  The documents usually include a letter explaining the employment opportunity, a fraudulent business check, and also some type of evaluation form.

The letter details a job opportunity as a mystery or secret shopper.  As part of the duties you are asked to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of different types of stores.  But what each of these scams includes is some type of wire transfer through Western Union or Money Gram.  These letters indicate that this is a weekly job assignment and they ask you to complete it in an expeditious manner.  The scam is successful because they instruct you to complete the wire transfer within the first week and the scam artists know that some of these counterfeit fraudulent checks can take between one to three weeks before they are proven to be counterfeit.  Unfortunately the account holder will then be held accountable for the entire amount of the check.

From our experience with scams whenever you’re asked to wire transfer money it has a very high probability of being a scam.  The problem with wire transfers is that a Money Gram wire transfer can be picked up anywhere in the world, no matter what location the sender writes on the receipt.

Investigation into these types of frauds typically crosses international borders which makes prosecution unlikely and the recovery of any lost funds near impossible.  Area residents are advised that if they receive this type of letter they should not wire transfer money and law enforcement should be contacted. 

Detective Corey Klanderud and School Resource Officer Jaime Bleess

Fairmont Police Department

cklanderud@fairmont.org; jbleess@fairmont.org