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"Granddaughter" calls in a panic. She was involved in a car accident in the Dominican Republic while vacationing and broke her nose and has stitches in her mouth (this would explain the fact that she may not so...und exactly like the victim's grandaughter.) She needs $1,500 in bail money and "a lawyer" will be calling her in the next few minutes. She is told to not tell anyone because the granddaughter is worried about her reputation. The "lawyer" calls and gives the victim instructions on how to wire the money. Victim goes to the bank to complete the transaction. The teller tries to talk the victim out of the transfer (good job teller!) but the victim insists. The money is transferred (gone for good). Since it works so well, the "lawyer" calls back an hour later and asks for another $1,000 so the granddaughter does not get sued. At this point, the victim calls her son only to find out that the granddaughter is just fine and not in the Dominican Republic.
Bottom line, please don't wire money to anyone or give out personal information over the phone or internet. Please check with a trusted friend or relative before making any kind of decision. And please listen to your bank teller when they try to talk you out of a money transfer. We usually have a few of these scams succeed every year in New Berlin and it's just sad. Please talk with your elderly friends, neighbors, and relatives and warn them about this scam. For every one time it works in New Berlin, there were another 1,000 attempts that did not work because the victims did not play along with the scam. Help us get the word out! Thank you.
Most packages which are delivered to customers are left at the customer’s door, even if no one is home to accept them.
Unfortunately, this is also brings out individuals who are looking for crimes of opportunity, as well as criminals that actu...ally target delivery trucks in neighborhoods. To reduce the chances of being victimized by package delivery thieves, the New Berlin Police Department offers the following advice:
■Choose a shipping option that requires you to sign for delivery.
■Check delivery status online so you can try to be home when the package arrives. Some retailers even offer text messages to your cell phone to alert you when items have been delivered.
■On the expected day of arrival, post a note on your door asking the delivery service to leave the package with a trusted neighbor.
■Arrange to have the package shipped to another location where someone can receive it.
■Ask the delivery company to hold your package for customer pick-up at their local shipping facility.
■If you do not receive your shipment on time, check with the company of origin and confirm the delivery. If the item was delivered and you did not receive it, report the theft or loss to the original company, the shipping company, and to your local police department.
■Many of these crimes occur during broad daylight. Be alert about suspicious behavior in your neighborhood.
Call the New Berlin Police Department to report this type of suspicious activity or call 9-1-1 if you observe a crime in progress.
On Saturday, December 7th, officers from the New Berlin Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss commmunity issues,build relationships, and drink coffee.
Please join us at the Texas Roadhouse in New Berlin, 15425 W. Rock Ridge Road, on Thursday, November 7th, from 5 pm to 8pm for our "Tip a Cop" fundraiser for Special Olympics of Wisconsin.