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Scam Alert

Scam Alert from Chief Kevin Davenport:

Unfortunately, we had a resident fall victim to a scam involving several thousands of dollars in iTunes gift cards. This scam was orchestrated under the “Grandparent scam”.

My concerns is, with someone falling victim to this in our area, these scammers see will see this as an area of vulnerability an target our area even more. Please take this time to familiarize yourself, family, neighbors and friends of these scams. These criminal cases are very difficult to track down and in most cases go unsolved due to the scammers channeling the proceeds through several different Countries.

Frequent scams:

IRS Scam
As we close tax filing season, residents are cautioned of the IRS scam. Scammers call people in attempt to have them wire money to satisfy an outstanding IRS debt they owe. These criminals claim to be IRS agents threatening to arrest people, suspend their driver’s license or increase a debt that they already have if they do not make immediate payment. They may require payment through a prepaid debit card or wiring funds through Western Union.
Things to look for in the IRS scam;
• Scammers may know personal information such as last 4 digits of SSN
• Scammers may use fake names and bogus IRS badge numbers
• Scammers may alter caller ID’s to reflect IRS shows up on victims caller ID
• Scammers may follow phone calls up with fake emails
The IRS initiates business through the US mail. If you feel you may have an outstanding issue with the IRS, please initiate a phone call to the IRS by calling 1.800.829.1040.
Please be aware of other scams, unfortunately scams have been surfacing for years and most likely will continue. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with some of the more frequent scams;

Grandparent Scam;

• A grandparent receives a phone call (or sometimes an e-mail) from a “grandchild.” If it is a phone call, it’s often late at night or early in the morning when most people aren’t thinking that clearly. Usually, the person claims to be traveling in a foreign country and has gotten into a bad situation, like being arrested for drugs, getting in a car accident, or being mugged…and needs money wired ASAP. And the caller doesn’t want his or her parents told.
• Sometimes, instead of the “grandchild” making the phone call, the criminal pretends to be an arresting police officer, a lawyer, a doctor at a hospital, or some other person. And we’ve also received complaints about the phony grandchild talking first and then handing the phone over to an accomplice…to further spin the fake tale.
• We’ve also seen military families victimized: after perusing a soldier’s social networking site, a con artist will contact the soldier’s grandparents, sometimes claiming that a problem came up during military leave that requires money to address.
While it’s commonly called the grandparent scam, criminals may also claim to be a family friend, a niece or nephew, or another family member.

Lottery/Sweepstakes Scam
• You receive a letter, email or text message saying you have won a prize in a lottery or sweepstakes that you did not even enter.
• You are asked to send a fee or bank account details to collect your prize. Legitimate lotteries do not require you to pay a fee to collect winnings.
• A full street address is not given. Instead, a post office (PO) box number, email address or mobile phone number is provided as a contact point.
• The sender claims that they have identified you as a winner by randomly choosing your email address. Official lottery offices do not select prize winners this way nor do they use email to advise players that a prize has been won. Sweepstake scammers email as many people as they can.
• The sender claims the offer is legal. The sender claims the offer has government approval.

Public awareness is the only way to eliminate these scams. Here are some general tips to avoid scams and identity theft.

• Do not wire money to anyone you are not familiar with
• Do not open unsolicited emails
• You initiate phone calls to the IRS for inquires@ 1-800-829-1040
• Take your time and do not let someone rush you into making a bad decision
• If it seems suspicious, it usually is, when in doubt call your police dept.
• Review your social media profiles and make sure your personal and family information is not public. (Grandparent Scam)
• Shred your personal information, this is another gateway to becoming a victim of fraud and scams
• Be skeptical do not trust anyone, report anything you think is suspicious to your local police.
• Obtain an annual credit report, you’re entitled to one free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each of the three nationwide credit reporting companies. Order online from www.annualcreditreport.com, the only authorized website for free credit reports, or call 1-877-322-8228. You will need to provide your name, address, social security number, and date of birth to verify your identity.

Chief Kevin T. Davenport
Sea Girt Police Department
(732) 449-7300 ext 418

Advisory to Summer Visitors of Sea Girt

As we approach the opening of the Parker House for the 2016 summer season, we would like to pass some information along to patrons, cab drivers and Uber drivers with respect to obeying our local and State statutes.

First and foremost, the Sea Girt Police Department encourages and promotes safe and sober drivers on our streets. Please do not let one bad judgment call ruin your life forever. The Borough of Sea Girt licensed plenty of transportation companies which we encourage you to use. These companies will be conveniently located just outside the Parker House on Beacon Blvd.

Please understand, the Parker House is located in a residential area, perhaps similar to where your parents and grandparents live. We have rules and regulations that must be followed in order to maintain the quality of life for our residents.

1. Please utilize Sea Girt licensed cabs which are conveniently located in the taxi stand just outside the Parker House on the Beacon Blvd side. These cab drivers have current background checks and documented mandatory liability coverage for them and their passengers. The list of companies are:

  • Able Transportation, LLC Leon’s Transportation, LLC
  • Belmar Reliable Transportation. LLC ML Transportation, LLC
  • DM Taxi, LLC New Ocean Transport, LLC
  • Eastern Links, Inc. Royal One Transport, LLC
  • Heikal Taxi, LLC Squan Transportation Service, LLC
  • Homestead Transportation, LLC US Way, LLC
  • Junu Generation Taxi, LLC Wally’s Transportation, LLC
  • Coast City Taxi, LLC

2. Uber cars are prohibited from using the designated taxi stands for their pickups, they must utilize Beacon Blvd and Ocean Ave (Pavilion parking lot) for pickups.

3. It is unlawful and the Sea Girt Police Department has a zero tolerance policy for any driver picking up or dropping off passengers in any area other than a legal parking space.

IF YOU STOP IN THE STREET TO PICK UP OR DROP OFF PASSENGERS YOU WILL RECEIVE A SUMMONS.

4. Violations for drinking alcohol in public, urinating in public, littering, loud and abusive behavior is not tolerated in Sea Girt. You will be issued a summons and or arrested immediately and face a mandatory court appearance. SO PLEASE UNDERSTAND AN ARREST OR COURT MANDATORY SUMMONS IN JUNE WILL MOST LIKELY MANDATE A SEPTEMBER COURT APPEARANCE. “JUST IN TIME FOR THE START OF COLLEGE”

5. UNDERAGE DRINKING IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED AND ENFORCED AT THE PARKER HOUSE,  YOU WILL BE ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH A CRIMINAL OFFENSE IF YOU POSSESS A FAKE GOVERNMENT IDENTIFICATION. THAT MEANS THE FAKE ID THAT MAY HAVE WORKED IN COLLEGE WILL NOT WORK AT THE PARKER HOUSE.

This year, the Parker House will have employees on duty to monitor lines for underage people. Expect to show ID more than once prior to entering the Parker House.

YOU WILL BE ARRESTED AND CARRY A CRIMINAL RECORD FOR IDENTITY FRAUD FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE IF YOU ATTEMPT TO GET IN WITH THAT FAKE DRIVERS LICENSE.

We hope you enjoy your summer and expect you will respect our neighborhood like your mother and father live here. If you do not follow our rules, you will be charged accordingly without a warning.

THIS IS YOUR ONE AND ONLY WARNING

Are You Getting Emergency Information?

In our efforts to provide more reliable communications with the residents and businesses in the Borough, we have partnered with Swiftreach Networks, Inc. as our emergency notification service provider.

In the past, the Sea Girt Police Department has used this system to provide information about weather related emergencies, crimes, missing persons, school lock downs, school closing, and other important time sensitive information.

Swiftreach Networks, Inc. has recently upgraded the system to provide better service and more flexible means of making notifications.  As a resident, business owner, or visitor to Sea Girt you may now manage the information you want to receive and how that information is going to be delivered.  Up to date contact information is the best way to insure you are receiving the information we are providing.  Please take the time to register as a user and add your updated information.  Be sure to add your address to receive geographically based notification.

If you have any questions about the system or how your information will be used, please feel free to contact the Sea Girt Police Department at 732-449-7300.

Swift911

Winter Storm

Good morning, approximately 10-14″ of snow fell overnight. Sea Girt Public Works have been working all night to clear streets in Sea Girt. It has been very challenging to keep up with the heavy snow. I want to remind people, the Governor has issued a state of emergency and initiated a travel ban. This means all non essential vehicles are to stay off the roads. This is very instrumental in the clearing of roads. Please stay home and wait this storm out.

Something you should be doing at home;
If you have direct vent heating system (typically installed on new heating systems). Periodically check the direct vent pipe on the exterior of your house and make sure it is clear of snow drifts. This will make sure your heating system runs properly without interruption.
click on the video for an example of direct vent heating system.
Not all houses have this style heating system, if you are unsure contact your heating and cooling contractor for more information.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F79xCqZGWH4
AGAIN PLEASE STAY OFF THE ROADS AND RIDE THIS STORM OUT IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME.

JCP&L Information

As this strong winter storm approaches, I would like to pass some useful information to residents regarding JCP&L and possible power outages.

JCP&L has provided the following links, resources and information regarding power outages in the event we experience outages.

Outages can be reported by calling 888-LIGHTSS (888-544-4877) or through the following channels:
• Website: Visit www.firstenergycorp.com from a computer or smartphone
• App: Download your utility’s free app for your phone
• Text message: Text OUT to 544487. (New users will be prompted to register their account. Standard message and data rates may apply.)
DO NOT CALL 911 TO REPORT A POWER OUTAGE.

Another useful link is to see and monitor the actual outages on a map by clicking the following link http://outages.firstenergycorp.com/nj.html

Please be sure, the Sea Girt Police Department, Public Works, Fire Department and Emergency Management Officials will all be working during the storm to make sure the safety of our residents is number one priority. If you have an emergency or need immediate assistance please call 911.
Please stay off the roads so we can effectively and efficiently perform our jobs. So in other words…stay home, relax and enjoy your weekend!!!