The Live Oak Police Department would like to wish you a Happy New Year. It is our goal to create an environment where everyone can feel safe to live, work and play. One way we do this is through education. Scammers and con artists work very hard to relieve you of your hard earned money. They will come at you through e-mail, phone and door to door solicitation.
One scam that has been used for a while and continues to thrive is someone calling you claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. The caller will threaten you with arrest if you do not make an immediate payment. These so called payments for delinquent taxes will often go to a web site that the con artist has created where they will receive all of your bank account information. Others will ask you to verify your identity by asking you to confirm your date of birth, current address and social security number. Do not give any of this information out to anyone. If it is truly a legitimate IRS contact they already have your personal information. The IRS will never contact you by phone. If there is a legitimate problem you would receive a notification through the mail.
There are many other scams out there. These all involve you sending money up front to receive a larger sum of money in return. The heir to the throne in the “Cameroon” will not contact you by e-mail asking you to help him regain the throne by sending him money in exchange for diamonds that he can’t sell in his native country. Your grandchild has not been kidnapped and being held for ransom in Mexico. If you have a concern about a friend or family member that could be in danger, simply call and make contact with them to verify they are safe. Another popular scam is a “utility imposter” scam which often results in threatening residents with deactivation of services. Don’t cave to pressure to pay immediately, always contact your service provider to ensure you are speaking to a real representative. No matter how they contact you, never send anyone money, wire transfers or gift cards. If it sounds too good to be true, believe me, it is. Remember, if you are contacted by phone, simply hang up. If you receive unsolicited e-mails, do not respond and never open any attachments that may be included. Most importantly, if you feel you have been a victim of Fraud, Identity Theft or any other type of Theft, report it to the police immediately. These crimes often go unreported because the victim feels embarrassed and that is exactly what these thieves are counting on. Report the crime! Remember, the Live Oak Police Department is your community partner. Together we can make a difference.
Among the fundraising activities being conducted in support of Sgt. Kevin McGuire, a detective sergeant and 16 year veteran with the Live Oak Police Department, who was diagnosed with cancer, is a BBQ benefit on January 20th from 5-8p at the Bluebonnet Palace in Selma. Plates are $10.50 each with proceeds going to Sgt. McGuire. There will also be a large raffle drawing at this event and tickets are available for $20.00 each. The raffle includes a south Texas hog hunt for 4 people at Casa Monte Lodge, bay fishing trip for 3 with Brush & Bay Outfitters, engraved Springfield 1911 .45ACP pistol and a Frederic Remington bronze “The Outlaw”. The second raffle has numerous jewelry items, rounds of golf at Olympia Hills and gift cards. Tickets for this raffle are $5.00 each or 5 tickets for $20.00. There will also be a card cut raffle during the BBQ for a Marlin 30.06 bolt action rifle. Everyone is welcome to stay afterwards for the nightly dance held at the Bluebonnet.
For additional information, please contact Lt. Malone at 210-945-1732.
8022 Shin Oak Dr
Live Oak, TX 78233
In partnership with the community, the mission of the Live Oak Police Department is to prevent crime, preserve the peace and enforce the laws with exemplary services. Our vision of the Live Oak Police Department is to set the highest professional standard and model of policing in the State of Texas.
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