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Tuesday, 29 September 2015 21:14

Criminal Mischief - (09/30/15)

Written by Katy England

Two men arrested, third sought in Biddeford burglaries

BIDDEFORD Maine State Police say two Biddeford-area men have been arrested in connection with multiple burglaries into businesses in several Maine communities this year. A third man is also being sought.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 20:10

Listen: An IRS Imposter Scam Call

Written by Mike Fern

Click Here to listen to an IRS Imposter Scam Call captured by a Brewer resident.

Fraud Watch Network turns the tables on con artists in Reverse Boiler Room'

PORTLAND The AARP Fraud Watch Network lit up the phone lines recently as part of a 'reverse boiler room,' dialing hundreds of people to warn them about two leading 'imposter scams' hitting thousands of Mainers.

Borrowing a favorite tactic of con artists, AARP Fraud Watch Network staff and volunteers operated their own telemarketing boiler room. However, instead of hearing from crooks, local residents received tips and information on how to protect themselves from 'imposter scams.' Impersonating police officers, federal agents or financial service companies, scammers use their 'authority' to scare a person into paying them. They may also pretend to be a friend or loved one in trouble who needs money.

Attorney General Janet Mills joined the volunteers as they made calls to hundreds of Maine residents warning them of two key imposter scams: IRS and 'tech support.' According to the most recent Federal Trade Commission list of top consumer fraud complaints last year, 814 Maine residents were victims of imposter scams.

'The first step in fighting consumer fraud is prevention,' said Attorney General Janet T. Mills. 'An informed consumer is a secure consumer. I thank AARP for their work in educating their members and all older Mainers about what to look for and how they can protect their nest egg from scammers.'

'Con artists will stop at nothing to separate people from their hard-earned money,' said Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications director. 'That's why today, we're turning the tables on them, arming Americans with the information they need so they can be on the alert and protect themselves and their families from certain scams.'

In the IRS scam, individuals receive a phone call from an IRS official ordering them to pay thousands in back taxes to avoid being arrested. In the tech support scam, they are told their computer has a virus and that only through remote access can the computer be fixed.

'We're giving people the facts: The IRS will never call you over the phone and demand payment,' said Margesson. 'Any initial communication will come through the mail. Furthermore, Microsoft or other large computer companies will not call you unsolicited asking for access to your computer and demand payment.'

'Reverse boiler room' is part of a partnership between the AARP Fraud Watch Network and the Attorney General's Office and brings together volunteers from across the state trained in coaching people on how to detect scams. The AARP Fraud Watch Network is free for anyone of any age.

The Fraud Watch Network arms people with the information they need to spot and avoid scams so they can protect themselves and their families. By signing up for the Fraud Watch Network, consumers get access to:

The latest scam alerts, delivered right to your inbox.

A scam tracking map featuring warnings from local law enforcement and first-hand accounts of breaking scams from people in your state.

The Con Artist Playbook interviews with con artists who reveal how they steal your hard-earned money.

A fraud hotline you can call to speak with a trained volunteer for advice if you are concerned you or a loved one has been scammed or if you suspect a scam in your community.

The Attorneys General from Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts joined the AARP volunteers in Boston to share the following tips with call recipients:

Know that the IRS does not:

call to demand immediate payment about taxes owed without first sending you a notification by mail,

ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone,

threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement to arrest you for nonpayment.

Other Fraud Watch Network scam protection tips:

Scammers claim affiliation with Microsoft, 'Windows,' computer manufacturers or others, but legitimate employees of those companies don't make phone calls or send 'personal' email warnings about an infection in a particular computer. When real threats are detected, a security update or warning is usually sent en masse and directly to your computer by the manufacturer of the antivirus protection installed on your machine.

Unless you initiate contact with a trusted technology assistance firm, never give strangers remote access to your computer. (They may get it by asking you to type a certain code, download a program they provide, or provide them with your username and password.)

Don't be fooled if a fake tech support representative knows your name, address or even the operating system you're using. Cybercrooks glean their targets through public phone directories and often 'guess' your operating system by citing more popular ones.

At least once a week, check for updates in your security software and run scans several times a week.

For legitimate tech support, Microsoft users can call (877) 696-7786 and Mac users can call Apple at (800) 275-2273. Do not trust other phone numbers provided in calls or emails, as they may belong to scammers.

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Tuesday, 22 September 2015 11:45

Criminal Mischief - (09/23/15)

Written by Katy England

Heroin Alert Drug Awareness Program

BREWER The brewer Police Department in conjuction with the Brewer School Department and the Bangor Area Recovery Network is hosting Heroin Alert Program on Oct. 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Brewer Performing Arts Center at 92 Pendleton Street in Brewer. The event is free to the public.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 22:29

Criminal Mischief - (09/16/15)

Written by Katy England

Augusta chase ends in PIT

AUGUSTA A man who claims he is homeless got into a chase with Trooper Diane Vance after he nearly collided head on with her cruiser in Sidney.

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 22:22

Criminal Mischief - (09/09/15)

Written by Katy England

Area woman wanted for drug trafficking

OLD TOWN Old Town Police are searching for a woman facing felony drug trafficking charges after a search of her residence reportedly yielded cash and drugs.

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 20:37

Criminal Mischief - (09/02/15)

Written by Katy England

Poop scoop

BANGOR - On Aug. 30, Bangor Police were called to sort out a very stinky situation. Apparently two neighbors were embroiled in a dispute over dog feces. Since no charges have been filed, the Bangor Police have declined to name names.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 21:55

Criminal Mischief - (08/26/15)

Written by Katy England

Stabbing in Bangor

BANGOR Police have arrested a man for a stabbing incident that left the victim suffering from multiple wounds.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 18:30

Criminal Mischief - (08/19/15)

Written by Katy England

Police seek information on motel robbery

BANGOR The Bangor Police Department is looking for a man who robbed the local Motel 6.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 14:44

Fatal accident on Route 1 in Topsfield

Written by Katy England

TOPSFIELD A 21-year-old man from Massachusetts was killed in a crash over the weekend.

On Aug. 9, Trooper Chad Lindsey responded to a fatal crash in Topsfield that was called in at 12:44 p.m. A 2005 Chevy Malibu had been traveling South on Route 1 and had lost control causing the vehicle to go off the West side of the road into a tree. The 21-year-old driver from Massachusetts died at the scene.

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 20:26

Criminal Mischief - (08/05/15)

Written by Katy England

Man assaults pizza place employees

OLD TOWN A teen is facing charges for reportedly assaulting employees of a late-night pizza shop.

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