Crime Prevention & Education

The Redlands Police Department's goal is to reduce crime by the education of the community. The Crime Prevention and Community Education Unit will oversee and coordinate crime prevention activities and make presentations to citizen, community, and school groups regarding crime and safety issues. They will be available for information regarding traffic and parking questions and education including Child Seat inspections.

The Redlands Police Department continues to implement and create innovative ways to interact and share information with the community. As always we look forward to suggestions and input from citizens as well as the opportunity to assist with questions or concerns.

For further information or questions please contact us at crimeprevention@redlandspolice.org or at 909-798-7561.

IDENTITY THEFT

Identity theft is a serious problem affecting more people every day. That's why learning how to prevent it is so important. Knowing how to prevent identity theft makes your identity more secure. The more people who know how to prevent identity theft, the less inclined others may be to commit the crime.

Preventing identity theft starts with managing your personal information carefully and sensibly. We recommend a few simple precautions to keep your personal information safe:

Only carry essential documents with you.
Not carrying extra credit cards, your Social Security card, birth certificate or passport with you outside the house can help you prevent identity theft.

Keep new checks out of the mail.
When ordering new checks, you can prevent identity theft by picking them up at the bank instead of having them sent to your home. This makes it harder for your checks to be stolen, altered and cashed by identity thieves.

Be careful when giving out personal information over the phone.
Identity thieves may call, posing as banks or government agencies. To prevent identity theft, do not give out personal information over the phone unless you initiated the call.

Your trash is their treasure.
To prevent identity theft, shred your receipts, credit card offers, bank statements, returned checks and any other sensitive information before throwing it away.

Make sure others are keeping you safe.
Ensure that your employer, landlord and anyone else with access to your personal data keeps your records safe.

Stay on top of your credit.
Make sure your credit reports are accurate.

Protect your Social Security Number.
To prevent identity theft, make sure your bank does not print your Social Security Number on your personal checks.

Follow your credit card billing cycles closely.
Identity thieves can start by changing your billing address. Making sure you receive your credit card bill every month is an easy way to prevent identity theft.

Keep a list of account numbers, expiration dates and telephone numbers filed away.
If your wallet is stolen, being able to quickly alert your creditors is essential to prevent identity theft.

Create passwords or PIN numbers out of a random mix of letters and numbers.
Doing so makes it harder for identity thieves to discover these codes, and makes it easier for you to prevent identity theft.

www.ftc.gov

www.justice.gov

https://www.annualcreditreport.com/index.action

SENIOR SAFETY:

SCAMS

Reports are made every day regarding fraudulent activities mostly against elderly residents. There are different forms of scams that are occurring. Listed are just a few of the most common ones.

The Grandparent Scam

You receive a phone call from someone saying Hi Grandma/Grandpa it's me. They don't give a name and are talking very excitedly. Then they tell you they have been arrested in Canada or somewhere and need money ASAP. They tell you to send the money by Western Union and they don't want you to call their parents. They say the money is to keep it off their record or to give to an attorney or judge. They have been known to call back and ask for more money and will even let you talk to someone else claiming to be the attorney. They will continue to ask you for money for as long as you will send it.

If someone tells you not to tell anyone, there is usually a problem. Call your family first. Once the money is gone, it is gone.

Friend in Need Scam

This scam is usually done via email. The circumstances are about the same in that someone is claiming to be out of the country and needs money. They say they have been robbed or burglarized of their passport, wallet, credit cards, and identification. So of course, they need money to get a new passport and or plane tickets to get home. Before responding to this compromised email, call your friend first.

The “You Won the Lottery Scam”

Sometimes it is a letter, sometimes an email, and sometimes it is even a phone call. The subjects will even tell you this is not a scam. All you have to do is send them the cash to cover the insurance and/or the taxes on the millions of dollars you won in a foreign lottery (this amount could be in the tens of thousands). It sounds too good to be true doesn't. That is because it is.

First what you need to remember is, you cannot win a foreign lottery. We are the only country that allows anyone who plays to win. Usually what occurs after winning a lottery you played is the State or whoever the lottery is with, will take the taxes, fees, insurance, (and whatever else they can get) directly out of the winnings.

The other big thing to remember is, if you didn't play, you can't win.

IRS SCAM

YES, it is the IRS scam. The hard thing with this scam is they say they are the IRS. Who doesn't panic when they hear IRS?

This scam the caller claims to be with the IRS and that you owe money. They tell you to go and get a prepaid card (such as a Green Dot card) while on the phone with them and read them the numbers otherwise they will come and arrest you. These subjects like to keep you on the phone so, once they get the numbers they can tell you they found other money that is owed. These subjects will even leave you a voicemail message with a number to call back with.

OK, I know owing the IRS sounds scary but, remember the IRS and any Law Enforcement will not call you ahead of time and tell you we are coming for. The IRS will also not call and tell you if you pay me now I won't arrest you. Most of the time the IRS will not even call you. The first contact from the IRS is by mail. If you were not notified by mail this is your first warning this is possibly a scam.

Unfortunately there are even more scams going on, and new ones are reported every day. So, as with anything, if you are unsure, have a question, or want to report something, call us we are available 24/7.

For more information and tips regarding scams visit the FBI's website listed below.

http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud/seniors.


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