WHO to CALL
If you see or hear ANY suspicous activity in the neighborhood,
call the 3rd Precinct through
If you feel afraid or threatened or that there is immediate danger to your home, family or neighborhood
|The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial’s annual candlelight vigil was held on May 13, 2016, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
On May 13, 2016, Director James Comey—joining U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, other officials, and families and friends of fallen law enforcement officers—participated in the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial’s annual candlelight vigil held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to honor the lives of officers whose names were recently added to the memorial wall. The vigil is one of many events held in honor of National Police Week, which officially began yesterday, May 15.
And today, the FBI released preliminary statistics on the number of law enforcement officers killed during 2015: Forty-one officers were feloniously killed (down from 51 in 2014), and an additional 45 officers were killed in line-of-duty accidents, the same number accidentally killed in 2014. Of the 41 felonious deaths, firearms were used in 38 incidents, and 30 of the 41 killed officers were wearing body armor at the time of the incident. Final statistics and complete details will be available in the Uniform Crime Reporting Program’s publication, Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2015, which will be released this fall.
|Local Officials Warn:|
Do Not Flush Medications
|"Hello, this is the police..."|
Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Genny Webelhuth told the Grantwood Village Board of Trustees, at its October meeting, that at least one Village resident has been the intended victim of an increasingly popular telephone "police scam".
According to the Better Business Bureau and local law enforcement, con artists are taking advantage of caller ID spoofing technology to pose as local law enforcement offices. Some even identify themselves as representatives of some federal agency.
They are calling residents and demanding they pay nonexistent fines or judgement under penalty of arrest for failure to act.
How the Scam Works:
The phone rings. Caller ID says the number is the local sheriff's office or police department, so you answer.
The "sheriff" tells you there's a warrant out for your arrest.
But you can pay a fine in order to avoid criminal charges. Of course, these "police" don't take credit cards; only a money order or pre-paid debit card will do.
What's going on here?
Scammers are using a computer program that changes the number recipients see on their caller ID. This is known as spoofing. The scam is popping up all around the country, with scammers spoofing different numbers depending on the victim's location.
Victims have reported that scammers' trickery doesn't end with faking a phone number.
Some reports say that scammers used the names of specific local police officers.
Others said the con artists had personal information about the victims. For example, one Detriot-area woman fell for the scam when callers knew about a recent loan she had taken out.
What to Do if the "Police" Call:
Don't wire any money. The police will not ask for payment over the phone, especially by money order or prepaid debit card.
Just hang up and don't call back. It is tempting to get the last word, but you may end up giving scammers information they can use later.
Call the real police and tell them what happened. If you were targeted, so were others in your area. Help the local authorities get the word out about the scam.
Never give out your personal information.
Caller ID spoofing makes it very easy for callers to pretend to be someone else. Scammers have also posed as immigration authorities and representatives of utilities companies.
Just be very skeptical of anyone who calls asking for money or personal information.
For More Information
To find out more about scams, check out BBB Scam Stopper.
St. L County Holds Offenders
Accountable To The Community
The St. Louis County Department of Justice Services (DJS) “Victim Impact Panel” (VIP) Program was implemented in 2007. The VIP Program provides a therapeutic forum for offenders to stop and think, be accountable for their actions and understand that their behavior of alcohol abuse or criminal offense has consequences on individuals in their community.
Since 2009, our program been honored to have Joan B. as our volunteer presenter. Joan shares the moving story of her son, Gavin, who was killed by a drunk driver in 2007. What distinguishes this presentation from others, offered in similar formats, is Joan’s focus on her son’s amazing spirit and accomplishments in his short life and how his loss has affected so many people from all over. Joan’s talk is done in such a moving and gentle manner that attendees are always moved and reflective when the panel is concluded.
The panel is conducted twice a month, on Mondays evenings, at the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, MO. During this past year, the DJS Division of Community Corrections has offered the VIP Program to other jurisdictions. Completions of the program has doubled since 2008; 815 offenders completed the VIP program in 2008 and in 2012, 1,935 offenders completed the VIP Program.
For additional information on the DJS VIP Program, please contact Mr. Carl Dickens at
firstname.lastname@example.org / 314-615-8413 or
Ms. Christine Eagen at email@example.com / at 314-615-4927.
Victim Impact Panel Schedule
FBI Releases Fascinating Report on
Internet Crimes Enforcement
It is seldom that reading a long federal reports can be described as "fascinating"; however, the recently released FBI Internet Crime report for 2012 is that.
First of all, the figures are staggering and it is easy to imagine becoming a victim of any one of these illegal activities, but, ironically due to technological advancement, the Bureau was able to present a lot of imformation and to make it graphically appealing so that it might actually be read.
Take a look and see how other people use their computers, and, as always, BEWARE.
Postal Employee Stole Prescription Drugs from Mail
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 19, 2014
- District of Kansas (316) 269-6481
TOPEKA, KS—A Topeka postal employee was indicted Wednesday on a federal charge of stealing prescription medications from the mail, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
Terry D. Ricley, 44, Burlingame, Kan., who worked sorting mail at the Topeka Post Office North Station, was charged with one count of theft by a postal employee. The indictment alleged he stole Hydrocodone and Tramadol being delivered by mail.
If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The U.S. Postal Service—OIG investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Kenney is prosecuting.
|Example of monitor display when a computer is infected with Reveton ransomware.
There is a new “drive-by” virus on the Internet, and it often carries a fake message—and fine—purportedly from the FBI.
“We’re getting inundated with complaints,” said Donna Gregory of the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), referring to the virus known as Reveton ransomware, which is designed to extort money from its victims.
Reveton is described as drive-by malware because unlike many viruses—which activate when users open a file or attachment—this one can install itself when users simply click on a compromised website. Once infected, the victim’s computer immediately locks, and the monitor displays a screen stating there has been a violation of federal law.
The bogus message goes on to say that the user’s Internet address was identified by the FBI or the Department of Justice’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section as having been associated with child pornography sites or other illegal online activity. To unlock their machines, users are required to pay a fine using a prepaid money card service.
“Some people have actually paid the so-called fine,” said the IC3’s Gregory, who oversees a team of cyber crime subject matter experts. (The IC3 was established in 2000 as a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center. It gives victims an easy way to report cyber crimes and provides law enforcement and regulatory agencies with a central referral system for complaints.)
“While browsing the Internet, a window popped up with no way to close it,” one Reveton victim recently wrote to the IC3. “The window was labeled ‘FBI’ and said I was in violation of one of the following: illegal use of downloaded media, under-age porn viewing, or computer-use negligence. It listed fines and penalties for each and directed me to pay $200 via a MoneyPak order. Instructions were given on how to load the card and make the payment. The page said if the demands were not met, criminal charges would be filed and my computer would remain locked on that screen.”
The Reveton virus, used by hackers in conjunction with Citadel malware—a software delivery platform that can disseminate various kinds of computer viruses—first came to the attention of the FBI in 2011. The IC3 issued a warning on its website in May 2012. Since that time, the virus has become more widespread in the United States and internationally. Some variants of Reveton can even turn on computer webcams and display the victim’s picture on the frozen screen.
“We are getting dozens of complaints every day,” Gregory said, noting that there is no easy fix if your computer becomes infected. “Unlike other viruses,” she explained, “Reveton freezes your computer and stops it in its tracks. And the average user will not be able to easily remove the malware.”
The IC3 suggests the following if you become a victim of the Reveton virus:
- Do not pay any money or provide any personal information.
- Contact a computer professional to remove Reveton and Citadel from your computer.
- Be aware that even if you are able to unfreeze your computer on your own, the malware may still operate in the background. Certain types of malware have been known to capture personal information such as user names, passwords, and credit card numbers through embedded keystroke logging programs.
- File a complaint and look for updates about the Reveton virus on the IC3 website.
The Message is Clear - Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Missouri law enforcement participating in national campaign
Missouri state and local law enforcement agencies are participating in the national effort to deter substance-impaired driving by conducting statewide sobriety checkpoints and DWI saturation patrols Aug. 16 through Sept. 2.
Although the national effort on this campaign is nearing the end, law enforcement agencies are always on the look out for impaired drivers.
Don't let it be you.
|Is there anything I can do?|
For years, police departments have asked the community to be their eyes and ears -- to be on the lookout for crime and to quickly report incidents to the police.
Today, reporting crime continues to be an important role for the public. With a neighborhood policing philosophy, the St. Louis County Police Department is asking our neighborhoods to be more than just eyes and ears.
St. Louis County Police began a partnership formed by joining the police with community members. This partnership is perfect for solving neighborhood crime problems and making the streets safer. Our officers know the importance of this partnership and will make every effort to meet the citizens we serve. Conversely citizens need to take the time to meet the officers who patrol their neighborhood.
The Citizen Ride Along Program affords citizens an opportunity to actually ride along in a marked police vehicle with your neighborhood beat officer. The experiences have been rewarding for everyone involved.
Please work with your beat officers, your neighbors and neighborhood policing officers to determine the priority desired to address crime or problems in your neighborhood.
- Exercise caution at the ATM machine. ONLY use a machine with which you are familiar. Fake machines may appear to be out of order AFTER you insert your ATM card, but are actually being used to relieve shoppers of their identify
- .DO NOT flash your cash or your credit cards. Store your wallet in an inside pocket, or if you must put it in a purse or bag, be sure that you have control of the bag at all times and that the wallet is in a zipped compartment.
- Guard Your Card. Credit card theft is big business. Always keep your card in sight when paying for a transaction. Card readers are easy to hide under a counter. A credible cashier will keep the transaction above board.
- At restaurants, if you are not familiar with the staff, it may be better to pay in cash than to have your card leave your sight. Even an honest misplacement can mean big hassles for you.
- Don't underestimate your assets. To a desperate thief, $50 can mean the difference in eating or starving. Desperate people use desperate measures to get what they need.
- NEVER leave packages or valuables exposed in your car even if it is locked. To a thief, a pair of sunglasses may be worth bashing in a window.
- Stay in touch. Let a friend or family member know where you are and when you expect to arrive.
- If you plan to leave your home for more than a day or two, have a neighbor pick up your mail and your newspaper; leave a few lights on, or better yet, set them on timers to go on an off at various times of the day.
- REPORT suspicious activity. The only dumb call is the one you don't make.
- STAY ALERT!! Plan your trip and know where you are going. Look around and avoid potentially dangerous situations.
Since its earliest days, the FBI has looked for recruits with specialized skills to fill its special agent ranks: lawyers, accountants, scientists, and engineers, to name a few. Today, however, the most sought-after candidates possess a uniquely 21st century quality: cyber expertise.
Investigating cyber crimes—such as website hacks, intrusions, data theft, botnets, and denial of service attacks—is a top priority for the FBI. To keep pace with the evolving threat, the Bureau is appealing to experienced and certified cyber experts to consider joining the FBI to apply their well-honed tradecraft as cyber special agents.
“The FBI seeks highly talented, technically trained individuals who are motivated by the FBI’s mission to protect our nation and the American people from the rapidly evolving cyber threat,” said Robert Anderson, Jr., executive assistant director for the Bureau’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch. “What we want are people who are going to come and be part of a team that is working different very complex types of investigations and to utilize their skillsets in that team environment.”
The Bureau recently launched a campaign to bring aboard more technical talent, including computer scientists, IT specialists, and engineers. In a job posting—open until January 20—the FBI says no other organization will apply the expertise of successful candidates like the FBI.