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Emergency Call Overseas/Foreign Country Telephone Scam

September 9, 2011 - 11:55 AM

September 8, 2011      Fairmont Police Department 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    (507) 238-4481

Fairmont Police Department cautions area residents to be cautious of telephone scams from Canada, Spain and Mexico

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.

In the last several weeks reports to Fairmont Police Department began regarding 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 who pretend to be a family member supposedly involved in a traffic accident or DUI in Mexico and Spain.

The caller uses fear, sympathy, and personal attachment to family members to convince the person called to wire money to a relative in need.  The callers have pretended to be a grandson and have used the correct name of the relative.  The scam artist stated he was involved in an accident and needs money wire transferred quickly to pay for the rental car or damage to property or medical expenses or fines.  When the grandparent recognizes that the voice of the caller doesn’t sound quite like his or her grandson the caller states he has a cold or is just panicked from being involved in an accident or arrested.  The caller requests an immediate wire transfer to them (ranging from $1000 to $4500) to help them.  They also ask the victim not to tell his “parents” and they’ll pay the grandparent back upon return to the USA. If the victim sends the money they will most likely receive another “emergency” call requesting even more money with another convincing excuse for needing the money.

Other variations of the scam include a caller claiming to be a police officer or hospital official.  The caller provides the correct name of the family member to the victim and instructs them to send money for their family members bail to secure release or provides a number to call for instructions on how to send money for emergency medical expenses.

The victims have been instructed to go to the nearest Wal-mart and send the money to the “grandson” via Western Union or Money Gram.  What the victim may not know is that a money wire transfer can be picked up anywhere in the world, no matter what location the sender writes on the receipt.  Wal-marts are most likely chosen because they are easy to find in most areas and they offer money wire transfer services.

Investigation into these types of frauds typically cross international borders which makes prosecution unlikely and the recovery of any lost funds nearly impossible.  Area residents are advised that if they receive this type of call they should not wire transfer money and law enforcement should be contacted.  Independent verification of a family member’s welfare and location can typically be made with a few phone calls.  Take the time to think first before acting.

 

Fraud Alert- Regarding Classified Ads and Fake Checks

May 27, 2011 - 2:24 PM

Large Amount Fraudelent Checks Received as "Payment" for Items Posted on Ebay, CraigsList, Classified Ads etc. Bounce When Cashed at the Bank, Costing Fairmont Area Residents Hundreds or even Thousands of Dollars.

The Fairmont Police Department is urging people to be cautious when accepting unsolicited offers or “over payments” for items listed for sale.  Also, don’t respond to unsolicited emails offering secret shopper offers or other offers that require the person to cash checks or send money to an unknown person. If a resident has doubts about the validity of a check or wire transfer request please consult their bank or local law enforcement before taking action. Click this link to view further details about this current and ongoing scam.

Take it to the Box March 2011

March 8, 2011 - 4:04 PM

Take It To The Box Logo

Time for some Spring cleaning! Let's get those old and unused prescription pills out of your medicine cabinet. Let's "Take it to the Box!" Bring your unused and old prescription pills to the "Take it to the Box" drop box in the lobby of the Martin County Law Enforcement Center and dispose of your old and unused prescriptions free of charge.

Prescription Pill abuse seems to be on the rise. Please help us combat this abuse by disposing of your unused and old prescription pills this spring!

A permanent prescription disposal box is available as a service to the public starting in the lobby of the Martin County Law Enforcement Center, 201 Lake Avenue, Fairmont, MN. This project is funded and operated as a joint effort between the Fairmont Police Department and the Martin County Sheriff Office.

Guidelines for Medication Use,

Storage, and Disposal

 

Safe Use

· Read and follow directions on all medications.

· Take the recommended dose…not more, not less.

· Take the medicine the number of times and the frequency recommended.

· Do not share your prescription medicines with another person.

· Do not take someone else’s prescription medicine.

· Know the names of your medications and their purpose.

· Pharmacists and doctors can answer your questions about over-the counter medicines…..just ask!

 

Safe Storage

· Keep medicines in a place away from children, teens and guests. Lock up medicines if necessary, especially narcotics or mood altering medicines.

· Keep medicines in their original bottle or package.

· Keep medicines in a cool, dry place away from the light.

· Follow storage directions on the medicine.

 

Safe Disposal

· Take old or unneeded medications or drugs to the medication disposal box at the Fairmont Police Department/Martin County Sheriff Office Law Enforcement Center beginning in October 25th, 2010.

· Leave the medicine in its original package or bottle.

· Cross off your name or other personal information. Do not cross off the name of the medicine.

· Do NOT flush medications down the toilet

 

Information provided by:
The National Council on Patient Information and Education ConsumerMedSafety.org

 

Citizens are encouraged to dispose of their unused and unwanted medications in the disposal box. Citizens are encouraged to remove their personal information from the medication labels but please leave the name of the medication visible on the label.

Holiday Traffic Safety Video

November 18, 2010 - 9:57 AM

A Graphic and Realistic Crash Video Reminder to Practice Safe and Sober Holiday Driving: 

Our area emergency responders encourage you to watch this graphic video that depicts how alcohol and drug involved traffic crashes tragically affect the lives of so many people each year. For everyone's sake, please travel safely this holiday season. Buckle your seatbelts, drive at safe speeds, and get a designated driver or taxi if your celebration includes alcohol this holiday season. We all value your life and the lives of the people in our community.

The Minnesota Crosswalk Law: Key Elements

September 24, 2010 - 9:47 AM

Bike Safety Awareness

August 30, 2010 - 7:39 AM

 

BIKE SAFETY AWARENESS

Bring Your Bike!

Tuesday, September 7, 5:30 pm

Grace Lutheran Church Parking Lot

300 South Grant

Fairmont

Youth in Grades 2-6 and parents are encouraged

to attend this special safety awareness event conducted by

School Resource Officer Jaime Bleess and Early Risers Kiwanis volunteers.

Check out the Five Lakes Elementary website for more details. http://fles.viadesto.com/default.asp

Listening Lunch Report May 2010

May 20, 2010 - 8:52 AM

Healthy Youth Committee; Building a Healthier Committee

Listening  Lunch  Report  May  2010

Listening Lunch Student Feedback 

Healthy Youth Suggestions for Connecting With Kids


Fairmont’s Healthy Youth Committee has been working for a number of years with Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets.   The assets are bench marks, both internal and external, that measure the prevalence of skills, personal strengths, positive attitudes and levels of support (Assets) that youth have in their life.   Results are obtained from surveys given to students.

Recently the Healthy Youth Committee conducted some “Listening Lunches” to allow students to share their thoughts regarding some of the survey questions that rank lowest.  We asked students why they are low and how youth and adults might help improve these assets.

 

Parents Must Say No To Adult Supervised Teen Drinking Parties

April 7, 2010 - 9:09 AM
Click on the link to read MN State Trooper J. Sticha's article about the risks, liabilities and mixed messages involved with adult "supervised" teen drinking parties.

http://www.fairmontpolice.org/assets/fairmontp/sticha_on_teen_drinking_parties.pdf

Take It To The Box

March 9, 2010 - 4:00 PM

Take It To The Box Logo

Time for some Spring cleaning! Let's get those old and unused prescription pills out of your medicine cabinet. Let's "Take it to the Box!" Bring your unused and old prescription pills to the "Take it to the Box" drop box in the lobby of the Martin County Law Enforcement Center and dispose of your old and unused prescriptions free of charge.

Prescription Pill abuse seems to be on the rise. Please help us combat this abuse by disposing of your unused and old prescription pills this spring!

A permanent prescription disposal box is available as a service to the public starting in the lobby of the Martin County Law Enforcement Center, 201 Lake Avenue, Fairmont, MN. This project is funded and operated as a joint effort between the Fairmont Police Department and the Martin County Sheriff Office.

Citizens are encouraged to dispose of their unused and unwanted medications in the disposal box. Citizens are encouraged to remove their personal information from the medication labels but please leave the name of the medication visible on the label.

Guidelines for Medication Use,

Storage, and Disposal

 

Safe Use

· Read and follow directions on all medications.

· Take the recommended dose…not more, not less.

· Take the medicine the number of times and the frequency recommended.

· Do not share your prescription medicines with another person.

· Do not take someone else’s prescription medicine.

· Know the names of your medications and their purpose.

· Pharmacists and doctors can answer your questions about over-the counter medicines…..just ask!

 

Safe Storage

· Keep medicines in a place away from children, teens and guests. Lock up medicines if necessary, especially narcotics or mood altering medicines.

· Keep medicines in their original bottle or package.

· Keep medicines in a cool, dry place away from the light.

· Follow storage directions on the medicine.

 

Safe Disposal

· Take old or unneeded medications or drugs to the medication disposal box at the Fairmont Police Department/Martin County Sheriff Office Law Enforcement Center beginning in October 25th, 2010.

· Leave the medicine in its original package or bottle.

· Cross off your name or other personal information. Do not cross off the name of the medicine.

· Do NOT flush medications down the toilet

 

Information provided by:
The National Council on Patient Information and Education ConsumerMedSafety.org

Beating the Blues Seminar

January 20, 2010 - 10:49 AM

The public is invited to attend a free presentation,
Beating the Blues, Thursday, January 28, 7 p.m.
Fairmont Medical Center, Main Classroom.
Refreshments served at 6:30 p.m.
Register for Door Prizes! Click here for a flyer with more information.

Back to School/Fall Driving Safety Tips

October 20, 2009 - 12:52 PM

Remember fall is harvest time and that means more slow moving,
oversize farm implements on the road. Additionally, school is in session.
Please watch for children who walk and bike to school. Give them a BRAKE. 
Please drive with care, buckle your seatbelt and leave extra time to get to
school and work. Together we can keep our community safe and help
prevent pedestrian and auto accidents.

Be a Parent, Not a Pushover

October 20, 2009 - 12:48 PM
 
SAY ‘NO’ TO SOCIAL HOSTING; BE A PARENT NOT A PUSHOVER
 
The Fairmont Police Department School Resource Officer reminds parents and other adults not to buy alcohol for minors or allow underage drinking parties at their homes no matter what the occasion. Be a parent, not a pushover. Help keep our community safe. To leave information about drinking parties in the area, call dispatch at 238-4481 or call 911. Or to leave a tip, send a text message to police@fairmont.org, or visit www.fairmontpolice.org/contact. You can choose to remain anonymous. For more information regarding parents preventing teen drinking parties visit: http://www.familytalkonline.com/docs/pdp.htm Please remember to dial 911 for emergencies.

Hotmail/Windows Live Email Scam

May 8, 2009 - 4:33 PM

May 8, 2009 Fairmont Police Department

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (507)-238-4481

 

Fairmont Police Department cautions area residents to be cautious of Hotmail/Windows Live email scams.

 

This week the Fairmont Police Department received reports from city residents of one of the latest frauds to get money and personal information from unsuspecting residents. While the details of the scam can vary, this latest financial scam involves scam artists sending an e-mail message to an unsuspecting Hotmail user telling them that their Hotmail e-mail account is about to expire. The e-mail contains official looking logos and at first glance appears legitimate. The message directs the unsuspecting victim to enter their hotmail address and PASSWORD, along with personal information like their mother’s maiden name, or name of their favorite teacher. The scam artist then gains access to the citizen’s e-mail account and sends out scam letters to everyone in unsuspecting citizen’s e-mail address book. The letter is addressed from the unsuspecting citizen’s e-mail address to everyone in their address book. The letter purports that the unsuspecting citizen is overseas and has lost their wallet. The letter then asks the recipient to wire transfer money to an address in the United Kingdom.  

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. 

 

Please remember:

Never give out your passwords or personal information to people that you do not know. Be cautious anytime if you receive a communication without going to through the official website first.

Secret Shopper Scam Alert

March 6, 2009 - 4:59 PM

March 6, 2009 Fairmont Police Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (507) 238-4481

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

 

New Teen Driving Laws

June 19, 2008 - 5:13 AM