Robert writes...

A possible email scam that one of our neighbor watch members found in their email. They received this knowing that they are up to date on all payments. If there is any discrepancy in your account with any company I would suggest you call them directly from a listed number. Do not randomly respond to a link in an email and give out your personal information.

Robert writes...

I have just been contacted by a resident in the south end of the city regarding a phone scam targeting our residents. It is as follows:

A person calls claiming to be with Medicare. They advise that Medicare is issuing new cards to their members and they need to confirm information. The caller is insistent that you give them your bank account number to complete the new card issuance and verification process. DO NOT DO THIS!

There is no reputable company that will ask for this type of information. As a general phone safety rule, don’t answer the phone if you don’t recognize the number, is a private number or no caller identification is present in the display on your phone. Let it go to voice mail then review it later. If you feel uncomfortable with the call hang up. If that 6th sense is telling you something is not right hang up. Use common sense in your approach to your financial records. If you feel it is unresolved then call the actual company the caller is claiming to be representing and check with them. DO NOT CALL THE NUMBER THEY CALLED FROM OR THAT THEY PROVIDED. LOOK IT UP IN THE DIRECTORY.


Happy Holidays to you and yours.


Robert writes...

You may receive or have received the following notice in the mail.  Do not call, it is a scam.





We are attempting to reach yo regarding annuity information.

Our recovery team is now scheduling reviews for orphaned accounts greater than five years.

Please call our scheduling department for more information.

(877) 403-6319


Robert writes...


Before departing with children/grandchildren/kids to any event, take a second, pull out your cell phone and take individual pictures of each child. That way, if the unthinkable happens and a child gets lost, you have a picture of how they are dressed and what they looked like that day. The photo can then be immediately sent to police to aid in locating the child. Seconds can be precious in this scenario, so take a second, make it a habit and take a picture!

Robert writes...


Scammers targeting utility customers claim President Obama will pay utility bills
Tampa, Fla. (July 3, 2012) – Tampa Electric is alerting customers to a fraudulent claim that President Obama will pay customers’ utility bills. The company has received several reports of customers being contacted by an individual claiming to be a Tampa Electric/TECO Energy employee. The individual informs the customer of bill payment assistance or credits from President Obama, and requests payment information. The scam is affecting utility customers across the country, and is being spread through social media channels.
All Tampa Electric employees and contractors doing utility work are required to carry photo identification cards. If someone claiming to be a utility representative visits your home or business, request to see their badge or please call the company to verify their identity. 
Tampa Electric will never ask for credit card, debit card or checking account information. If you are uncertain about an individual’s association with Tampa Electric, please contact Tampa Electric Customer Care at 813-223-0800 in Hillsborough County, 863-299-0800 in Polk County, and 1-888-223-0800 for all other counties.
Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy Inc. (NYSE: TE), an energy-related holding company with regulated utility operations in Florida, including both Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System. Tampa Electric serves nearly 676,000 customers in West Central Florida. Other subsidiaries include TECO Coal, which owns and operates coal production facilities in Kentucky and Virginia, and TECO Guatemala, which is engaged in electric power generation and energy-related businesses in Guatemala.
Media Contact:   Sylvia Vega 813-228-438

Robert writes...

Please be aware of this recent scam:

Recent Phishing Scam regarding Verizon and AT&T

Please be cautious of email that appears to be from Verizon or AT&T. The Better Business Bureau recently issued alerts about messages appearing to be from the well-known communication companies. The fraudulent email messages look legitimate and state a bill is ready for review or contain a thank you message about an alleged pending payment.

The BBB states the following in their warning: The email provides links to view the alleged bill, pay online, or access the account; however, the links lead to a third party website that requests personal information which then provides the scam operator with the data needed to steal your identity.

See images of fake email messages below:


Robert writes...

 Scam: Pressing #-9-0 on your telephone will allow scammers to make long-distance calls and charge them to your phone bill. 



A well known telephone scam is now being used on cellular telephones.

There is a fraudulent company that is using a device to gain access to the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Card, which contains all subscriber related data (this is the brains in the phone) in your cellular telephone. 


If you receive a text message on your mobile Indicating that you have won any type of prize, saying that they you must reply with the text "#90" or "#09", You Should delete this text immediately and not reply. This is a fraud Company using a device, that once you press #90 or #09 and reply text, they can Access your "SIM" card and make calls at your expense.


The 9-0-# scam has been around for years and is directed at businesses, hospitals, government agencies and other organizations that use telephone switching equipment called private branch exchanges (PBXs) to handle their calls.

This type of fraud involves a perpetrator who calls an office and cons an unsuspecting worker into transferring him or her to an outside line. The perpetrator then starts dialing calls that are charged to the owner of the PBX. In this latest version, the caller claims to be an AT&T service technician "repairing" the phone lines and convinces the recipient of the call to help out by transferring him to an outside line and then hanging up.

Below are some points about this scam worth remembering:


  • This scam doesn't affect residential customers; its target is businesses.


  • An AT&T service technician would never call customers and ask them to help check phone lines.


  • The scam is generating a lot of interest in the media and over the Internet, but our network fraud experts report no increase in the number of fraud cases as a result of this notoriety.


  • The best prevention against this type of fraud is for business managers to make their office staffs aware of it and to review what to do if it happens.


  • If someone receives such a call, he or she should ask the "technician" for a call-back number or for the name and number of the caller's supervisor. Then hang up.


  • To report this or any other phone scams AT&T business customers should call their account representatives. You also can call the AT&T Business Customer Care Center at 1-800-222-0400, or report the scam to your local law enforcement agency. 



Robert writes...

 E-mail Phishing Alert: These e-mails have been around for a while and usually the suspects usually pose as Bank of America, but other bank names may also be used. Just be aware of this ongoing e-mail. Your bank does not need to know your bank account if indeed they are your bank. They already have that information.

From one of our Crime Watch members: Hi, I thought you might want to alert people that there is a Bank of America E-mail being sent out that they should delete. Today I received a e-mail that appeared to be from Bank of American. The email told me I needed to verify my account information or my account would be suspended. It provided a link where I was asked to enter my account information. This of course was a fraud. I called Bank of America to confirm and they had me forward the e-mail to their fraud department.  

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