Reminder now that we are into the Tax Season. Residents are getting fraud calls with some being a recording left on their voicemail from the number 832-487-7414. They claim to be with the IRS and threaten to issue a warrant for your arrest. The IRS will never call and threaten to arrest you on a warrant.
A huge thanks to the staff and students at Holy Savior School for their kind cards of appreciation for our service. In addition they made us chili, corn bread and brownies for lunch.
On top of Officer Matthew Desroches award, Rollie Bousquet was nominated, and awarded, a local business award for his work at the Paper Plate and his dedication to local first responders.
Apparently there of been a bunch of cold calls soliciting money for various police organizations in the last day or two… The only police organization that I know of that solicits money locally is when the Mexico police explorers use a fundraising organization to solicit money… If anyone else is calling you they are most likely not legitimate… Please ask for their call back number and try the legitimacy of the organization before you donate any money.
Rumford Police Department and Sgt. Douglas Maifeld invite students, teachers, principals, family and friends to help celebrate 30 years (1988-2018) of the D.A.R.E. program in the River Valley including 25 years with Sgt. Maifeld instructing.
Guest Speaker: Bruce Poliquin - US House of Representatives for Maine
Join us as the 5th Grade Class of 2025 from Meroby and Rumford Elementary School along with Holy Savior School make their pledge to be drug, violence and bullying free ...in addition to the power they control to make safe and responsible decisions.
Muskie Auditorium at Mtn Valley High School @ 6:00 pm
Students please arrive no earlier than 5:30 pm and meet in the cafeteria with your class
Sgt Douglas Maifeld
D.A.R.E. Instructor (1993-2018)
Just another winter storm here in Western Maine...but at least it’s not -20! Let’s be safe on the roads and drive nice and slow. Whenever possible please use off street parking so the road crews can plow as effectively as possible. If you can stay home; do so. No school today, so there may be children playing in the snow...just another reason to be cautious. The snow will continue throughout the night. Remember the parking ban is in effect overnight.
Worth a read from Winslow PD in reference to a telephone credit card scam...do not give out your information unless YOU are the one who make the call.
Good Morning FaceBook Friends,
Well.....we are only 3 days into the New Year and a new SCAM surface. Be vigilant Friends.
This is a heads up for everyone regarding the latest in Visa fraud. This is happening in the Midwest right now and moving across the country. This one is pretty slick, since they provide YOU with all the information, except the one piece they want.
Note, the callers do not ask for your card number; they already have it.
This information is worth reading. By understanding how the VISA & MasterCard telephone Credit Card Scam works, you'll be better prepared to protect yourself. The scam works like this:
Person calling says - 'This is (name) and I'm calling from the Security and Fraud Department at VISA. My Badge number is 12460, your card has been flagged for an unusual purchase pattern, and I'm calling to verify. This would be on your VISA card which was issued by (name of bank). Did you purchase an Anti-Telemarketing Device for $497.99 from a marketing company based in Arizona?' (or something like this) When you say 'No', the caller continues with, 'Then we will be issuing a credit to your account. This is a company we have been watching, and the charges range from $297 to $497, just under the $500 purchase pattern that flags most cards. Before your next statement, the credit will be sent to (gives you your address). Is that correct?' You say 'yes'.
The caller continues - 'I will be starting a Fraud Investigation. If you have any questions, you should call the 1- 800 number listed on the back of your card (1-800-VISA) and ask for Security. You will need to refer to this Control Number. The caller then gives you a 6 digit number. 'Do you need me to read it again?'
Here's the IMPORTANT part on how the scam works - The caller then says, 'I need to verify you are in possession of your card'. He'll ask you to 'turn your card over and look for some numbers'. There are 7 numbers; the first 4 are part of your card number, the last 3 are the Security Numbers that verify you are the possessor of the card. These are the numbers you sometimes use to make Internet purchases to prove you have the card. The caller will ask you to read the last 3 numbers to him. After you tell the caller the 3 numbers, he'll say, 'That is correct, I just needed to verify that the card has not been lost or stolen, and that you still have your card. Do you have any other questions?'
After you say no, the caller then thanks you and states, 'Don't hesitate to call back if you do', and hangs up. You actually say very little, and they never ask for or tell you the card number. The REAL VISA Security Department says this is a scam and what happens is that once you provide them with the 3 digit security code, a new purchase of $497.99 (or whatever they said) gets charged. What the Scammer wants is the 3-digit PIN number on the back of the card. Don't give it to them. Instead, tell them you'll call VISA or Master Card directly for verification of their conversation.
The real VISA will never ask for anything on the card, as they already know the information, since they issued the card! If you give the Scammer your 3 Digit PIN Number, you think you're receiving a credit. However, by the time you get your statement you'll see charges for purchases you didn't make, and by then it's more difficult to actually file a fraud report.
If you receive a call like this HANG UP! and call the number on the back of your card to verify if there has been any suspicious activity on your account.
It appears that this is a very active scam, and evidently quite successful...
Identity Theft Information - http://comparitech.net/id-protection
There has been an increased number of incident across the state where people are reviewing calls from “the police” and the callers are trying get get specific personal information. The police will never ask you do banking information and for you to send money anywhere. There is NEVER a time the police will ask you to send money; even for bail. They may ask you to come bail someone out!!! (But you have to show up in person! 😉)
There may be a time when the police ask for you na...me, address, date of birth, SSN, or other information. If you are concerned the person on the other end of the phone is NOT the police, please get the name of the officer your talking with and call Oxford Regional Communication Center at 1-800-733-1421 or 207-364-4551. They will be able to verify it’s an officer or not and get you back in contact with them if it is an actual officer.
Hopefully everyone has a wonderful day today. May your day be filled with fun, food, and family. It supposed to snow throughout the day and night with heavy accumulation’s. Please be careful on the roadways.
Current conditions on Route 2 are OK. That being said, the roads will be getting continually worse due to the storm coming in. Please be careful this afternoon, overnight, and into tomorrow. Road crews and first responders will be busy I am sure. Do your part to not make it worse; slow down, give yourself plenty of room to stop, or just stay home if you can. Be safe!
Press Release 12-21-2017
The Rumford Police Department is focusing on highway safety issues to make the roadways a safe place for the public to travel.
The Rumford Police Dept. has received grants from the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety to focus on speed enforcement and Impaired driving. A grant application was also submitted to focus on seatbelt safety and distracted driving. A grant to focus on impaired driving was received in the amount of $2,650.00. Extra officer...s will be assigned between now and Labor Day to focus on removing impaired drivers from the roadways. Extra officers have been assigned during this holiday season during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over National Law Enforcement Campaign”. We have already responded to weather related crashes during the last couple of weeks. Many of the crashes may have been a result of driving too fast for conditions during inclement weather. The Rumford Police department is asking for motorists to slow down during inclement weather. We can reduce the number of injuries and fatalities by driving within the speed limit, wearing safety belts and not driving aggressively or while distracted.
The Police Dept is also applying for a Bureau of Highway Safety Grant in the amount of $2350.00 to enforce the mandatory use of seatbelts and another $8000 to enforce distracted driving. The goal is to reduce the frequency of unrestrained occupant related motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities.
Please drive safely.
Chief Stacy Carter
Rumford Police Dept.