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Police Warn Of Increase In Scams

Twin Cities Police Log: Oct. 5-11

Here's a message from the Twin Cities Police Department:

It may be a sign of the economic times, or just unscrupulous people trying to get their hands on your money, but TCPD has noted an increase in both telephone and e-mail type “scams”.

Some of the current telephone scams are persons pretending to be relatives who have been jailed and need bail money, or have had something bad, such as an automobile accident, happen to them.

If you receive a telephone call from someone asking you for money, do your best to verify who they are without giving them any of your information. If they know you, they should already have it.

Many of the e-mail scams continue to be the type advising to have a large sum of money they have located and want to share with you, or the lottery scams (both will require you to pay the bank fees to get the money.)

The other current e-mail scam is the “Secret Shopper” scam, which will have you purchasing items with someone else’s stolen credit card information or counterfeit checks.

More information concerning these types of scams, and others, can be found at: www.scamorama.com.

There are also some stories on this website of persons who have “scammed the scammers.” While these stories can be quite entertaining and funny, TCPD does not advocate this type of activity and recommends deleting any unknown e-mails and hanging up on callers you suspect are scammers.

Also, please report any of this suspicious activity.

Twin Cities Police Log for Oct. 5-11:

• A resident of the 500 block of Tamalpais Drive reported that he ordered some gold through EBay and when he received the package, it was full of screwdrivers. The loss is $6,000. A report was taken to document the Fraud and he was advised to contact EBay for follow-up.

• A resident of the 200 block of Tulane Drive reported that between March and October of this year, someone had been using their driver’s license number and Social Security number in an attempt to open a bank account. A withdrawal of $4,000 was made from a Wells Fargo in Reno and now someone is applying for credit cards. An Identity Theft report was taken to document the incident.

• A resident of the 400 block of Elm Avenue reported that she received call from a male subject stating he was her grandson, her daughter Jane's son. She said she told the subject she didn't have a grandson or a daughter named Jane then hung up the phone. The attempted scam was documented.

• A resident of the 90 block of Corte Lenosa reported that a vehicle in the parking lot has a broken window and two male subjects were seen running away from the area. A Twin Cities Police Officer located a subject at Corte Lenosa and Via Hidalgo who was taken into custody. The second subject was still outstanding. A Greenbrae man was arrested for Auto Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools and Resisting Arrest. He was booked into the Marin County Jail after Medical clearance. Through investigation, the identity of the second subject was determined. A Greenbrae juvenile male was arrested for Auto Burglary and booked into the Marin County Juvenile Hall. Several Auto Burglary reports were taken in the area as a result of this incident.

• A report was taken for a theft that occurred at Redwood High School. A student reported that during two different football practices a black 64GB I-Pad and a black 3g iPhone were taken. Total loss is approximately $1,000.

• A Ross resident reported that his vehicle was entered via unknown means while it was parked in the area of the Bay Club Marin in the Corte Madera Town Center. Taken was an iPad and approximately $300 cash. Approximate total loss was $4,000. A Grand Theft report was taken.

• A Tiburon resident reported that while her vehicle was parked in the area of the 5700 block of Paradise Drive, her son's backpack containing books, a scientific calculator, and a car key to a brother's vehicle was stolen out of the unlocked vehicle. Documentation of the theft was provided.

• A business in the Village Shopping Center reported that a male subject wearing a gray jacket and a female subject wearing an orange Lincecum Giants jersey took a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses valued $150. Documentation of the theft was provided.

• A Larkspur resident reported that her Blackberry cellphone was taken from a classroom at Redwood High School while she was substitute teaching. Total loss is $500. Documentation of the theft was provided.

• Pursuant to a traffic stop on E. Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, in the area of the Golden Gate Ferry Terminal, a Richmond woman was arrested and booked into the Marin County Jail for Possession of Ecstasy, Possession of Hashish and Bringing a Controlled Substance into a Jail.

• Pursuant to a traffic stop in the 40 block of Tamal Vista Boulevard, a San Rafael man was booked into the Marin County Jail for an outstanding Misdemeanor Warrant held by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.

• A resident in the 100 block of Lower Via Casitas reported that her registration sticker was removed from the back of her vehicle. The theft was documented.

• A resident of the 10 block of Meadowood Drive reported the theft of a bicycle from her garage. The bicycle is a silver and red men's Durango 1.0, 5 speed. Estimated value is $500. Burglary report was taken.

• A Tiburon resident reported that while her vehicle was parked in the area of the Nordstrom store in the Village Shopping Center, her company's HP 2540P laptop was taken from her unlocked vehicle. The loss is approximately $1,300. A Grand Theft report was taken for documentation.

• A Davis resident reported that while his vehicle was parked and locked in the parking lot at the Golden Gate Ferry Terminal, someone smashed the driver's side window a took approximately $1,500 worth of car stereo equipment. Taken were a black and
chrome 16GB iPod, a Pioneer stereo, kicker, subwoofer, and amplifier. An Auto Burglary report was taken to document the theft.

• While out on the above report, the Officer advised he located a vehicle with the window smashed also in the Golden Gate Ferry Terminal Parking Lot. The owner, a San Rafael resident, later called and advised his Alpine Stereo, speakers, Garmin GPS, and an iPod were stolen. The loss is approximately $1,200. An Auto Burglary report was taken for documentation.

• A Larkspur resident reported that while his vehicle was parked in the gravel parking lot on Redwood Highway, north of the Village Shopping Center, someone smashed his driver's side window and removed his wallet. He reported a laptop computer may also have been taken. Estimated loss is $1,500. An Auto Burglary report was taken.

• A report was taken for a theft that occurred at Redwood High School. Taken was an iPhone 4, valued at approximately $400, from the girl’s locker room. Another student was found in possession of the cell phone and it was recovered. There is further action pending.

• A Corte Madera resident reported that while his vehicle was parked and locked in the area of the Cheesecake Factory in the Village Shopping Center, it was entered and his Mac Book Pro laptop, valued at $2,500 was taken. An Auto Burglary report was taken.

• A resident of the 100 block of Harvard Drive reported that her son has been stealing things from them and recently stole keys to his father's vehicle and stole a laptop out of the vehicle. A report was taken to be forwarded to Marin County Juvenile Probation for petty theft and vandalism.

• Pursuant to being located at her parent’s residence in the 20 block of Parkside Way, a Corte Madera woman was arrested on an outstanding No Bail warrant, held by Santa Barbara County. She was booked into the Marin County Jail.

During this one week time period, the Twin Cities Police Department had 365 calls for service. This included three calls related to accidents with minor injuries, three hit and run accidents and 9 property damage only accidents. There were nine auto burglaries and one residential burglary. There were no calls related to Driving while Intoxicated.

Edwin Flynn October 26, 2011 at 05:13 PM
too many scams, too few arrested! as what a scam artist said when confronted by the police over the phone, "Yeah, we scam people and there's nothing you can do about that!" maybe he's right, the authorities find it hard to locate them. most of them uses disposable phones. what i would suggest is that if anybody gets suspicious calls, report to http://www.callercenter.com! that consumer complaint site is free to use and a lot of people go there to get updates and news on scam cases. i got this site from an officer when i reported a suspicious call i got. told me to report to callercenter too so everybody else gets to read the information and is warned.

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