In the last few weeks, the West Point Police Department has seen a sharp increase in the number of fraud/scam cases. Please be aware of the following and be sure to guard your personal information carefully. A brief synopsis is as follows:
• A woman posted her resume online and via email, received a job offer. She was sent a check and after waiting for it to be posted (not cleared) she sent a wire to a third party. Several days later, the check she initially received did not clear and the victim was out of $1,600.
• A caller identified themselves as working for Microsoft when dealing with an elderly person who had recently purchased a computer. She gave the caller her credit card number to "upgrade" her program but feeling uneasy, called the PD. An officer responded and offered further guidance and advice.
• A caller advised a resident they were from a credit card company and were calling to verify the resident had a valid credit card. After a brief interaction, the caller ended the conversation.
• A gentleman sent an email stating he had received a call from a collection agency about a charge made in December of 2013 at a Walmart in Alexandria. He stated he had not been there nor was a charge made.
• On several occasions, callers have advised a young person will call and pretend to be their grandson who needs bail money. They are asked to wire the funds to a certain Western Union account in order to save mom and dad the grief of dealing with the issue.
The National Drug Take Back Initiative will be held at the West Point Pharmacy from 10am to 2pm on April 26. Please bring in any unused or expired medication so that it may be disposed of properly.
The Mattaponi Crime Solvers exists for the purpose of assisting law enforcement in the detection, apprehension and prosecution of crimes in our community. If you have information that may assist enforcement efforts, you could be compensated with a cash reward. To report any relevant matter, please call the Mattaponi Crime Solvers at 769-3000. Thanks in advance!