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Next Meeting: Monday March 27, 7:30PM, Kings Harbor MultiCare Center, 2000 E Gun Hill Rd (at Stillwell Ave).
Representatives from the 49th Pct; NYS Senator Klein; NYS Assemblyman Gjonaj; and NYC Councilman Vacca will be present. Guest Speaker: ConED representative to discuss power outages in Pelham Gardens area. **********
The 49th Precinct Community Council meets on the last Tuesday of every month, except July and August. All residents are invited to attend. For more information and the location of the next meeting call 718-918-2025.
IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING!
This does not apply only to possible terrorist related activities. It applies to any suspicious activity, or possible violation of the law.
For possible terrorist activity: Call NYC-Safe 1-888-692-7233.
For quality of life violations: Call 311
For crimes in progress: Call 911
49th Precinct Hotlines
49th Precinct Community Council - Meets on the last Tuesday of every month. Call 718-918-2025 for details.
Terrorism Hotline – Call 1-888-NYC-SAFE (692-7233) to report suspicious activity.
Stop Illegal Handguns - Call 1-866-GUN-STOP (1-866-486-7867) anonymously - $1,000 reward.
REE Home Security Evaluation – The Crime Prevention Unit is conducting FREE in home security surveys. Call P.O. Tyrone Mederos 718-918-2026.
FREE Auto Security Programs – The Crime Prevention Unit has FREE programs that will help you from becoming a victim of Auto Theft, and possibly save you money on your current theft insurance. Call P.O. Tyrone Mederos 718-918-2026.
NYPD Website - Missing persons, most wanted press releases, crime statistics, and precinct links. http://www.ci.nyc.ny.us/html/nypd/home.html.
Report Crimes Anonymously – If you have information on burglary or any other crime, please contact Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. If you observe anyone trespassing on your property or any other crime in progress call 911 immediately.
Identity theft: This crime is now epidemic. Please see the articles at the end of this page for resources on prevention and remedies.
Links to Crime and Fraud Alert websites are provided at the bottom of this page
Hackers Could Ruin Your Life
Changing passwords isn't enough to stop them
Recent news that Russian hackers had stolen more than 1.2 billion
passwords from 420,000 websites sent shudders through computer users.
But what dangers do you really face as a result of these kinds of
increasingly common data breaches?
Unfortunately, the risks can be far greater than most people realize. Stolen
passwords can result in financial devastation…or even medical disaster.
The risks vary greatly depending on the type of account involved. Here's a
look at the real dangers you face when criminals steal your online IDs and
what you can do to reduce those risks…
More on Protecting Your Privacy
1. Facebook Is Spying on You
2. How to Protect Your Privacy at Work
3. Sneaky New Tricks from Identity Thieves
4. Brokerage-Account Scams on the Rise
5. How to Block Annoying Internet Ads
6. How to Hide: Keep Your Movements, Your
Purchases and Your Past Private
Financial institutions generally provide investors with some sort of written security guarantee—but these guarantees
are designed primarily to protect the institution's interests rather than yours. They typically promise to refund stolen
money only if the investor has followed a list of Internet security precautions—it can be difficult for most people to
understand these lawyer-crafted high-tech requirements, much less follow them. And an investment company could,
in theory, still decide not to make good on the losses, knowing that it would be very expensive for an individual
investor to challenge a big financial company in court.
Firms generally—though not always—have compensated investors who have had money stolen by cybercriminals,
but that's often because they conclude that it's better to compensate a few investors for losses than risk losing the
confidence of thousands—a decision that may not apply in all situations.
What to do: Set up "two-factor authorization," also known as "multifactor authentication," with your investment
companies so that they send a code to your cell phone via text or voice message whenever you or someone else tries
to log into your account. You must enter this code into the website to gain access. (Three-factor authorization, which
also uses a fingerprint or voice scan to confirm identities, is becoming available.)
Of course, always read account statements carefully and contact the financial institution immediately if you spot any activity that you don't recognize.
CREDIT CARD AND BANK ACCOUNTS
There's a major gap in the federal laws that restrict your potential losses if cybercriminals run up fraudulent charges on your credit cards or drain money from checking or savings accounts at a bank or credit union-business bank accounts are not covered. The rules…
With personal and business credit cards, your out-of-pocket losses are limited by federal law to no more than $50. Many card issuers now have zero-liability policies and do not make cardholders responsible even for this $50.
With personal bank savings and checking accounts—and the debit cards linked to them—you generally are not
liable for unauthorized debits stemming from cybercrime as long as you report the debits within 60 days of the date on the first bank statement that lists the unauthorized transactions. Fail to report the unauthorized transactions within 60
days, however, and you could be responsible for all of the losses.
Note: Your liability is slightly different if someone is able to steal money from your bank account by getting your
physical debit card. If that occurs, you are liable for as much as $50 if you report the loss of the card to the bank within
two days…up to $500 if you report it within three to 60 days…or potentially for all of your losses if you report it after 60
days. Some debit card issuers offer zero-liability policies—that is, they will cover any cardholder losses to fraud even
if federal law says that the cardholder could be liable for some portion of them—but these generally do not cover ATM
and PIN-based transactions. However, MasterCard is extending its zero-liability policy to include these.
With business bank accounts, you could be saddled with all of the losses. Cybertheft from bank accounts has
driven some small businesses out of business. Your bank is likely to be held liable for business account losses only if
it failed to offer "commercially reasonable" security procedures. What to do…
• Monitor bank and credit card accounts closely for unauthorized activity.
• Update your account passwords in the wake of the recent data breach.
•If you have a business bank account, keep the number of employees who have access to the account information to a minimum. Make sure that you have a password that you can use when making transactions over the phone in addition to Internet passwords. And ask your bank if it can recommend additional security procedures to maximize the account's security. Example: It might be possible to restrict anyone from making sizable online withdrawals or transfers out of the account from any computer other than the one that you normally use.
• Ask your insurance agent if your coverage protects you against cybertheft from your business bank accounts or if
such coverage is available.
Few people give much thought to the security of their health insurance policies—but this can be a matter of life and
death. If a cybercriminal gets hold of your health insurance account information, he/she could sell a replica of your
insurance ID card to someone in need of medical services. Bills for the uncovered portion of these medical treatments
would then be sent to you.
You would not be legally liable for these bills, but convincing health-care providers and insurance would then be sent to you.
You would not be legally liable for these bills, but convincing health-care providers and insurance companies that the bills are not yours could be a long and frustrating process.
The greater danger is that someone else's medical information could be added to your medical files. If the person who poses as you has a different blood type than you, for example, you might be given the wrong blood type if you need a transfusion.
What to do: Read all "explanation of benefits" statements that you receive from your insurer to make sure that you really used those benefits. If you suddenly stop receiving statements and other mailings from your health insurer, call to make sure that the mailing address on your policy hasn't been altered.
A cybercriminal who learns your e-mail account's user name and password could parlay this information into access to your financial accounts.
Example: This criminal might search through your e-mails for messages from financial companies that you work with, then send you e-mails that appear to be from these companies. If you click a link in one of these e-mails, you'll be routed to what appears to be the financial company's site—but if you enter your user name and password into this page as prompted, you actually will divulge your private account information to the criminal.
What to do: If you get an e-mail with what appears to be a link from your financial institution, do not click this link. Instead, go to the institution's website as you normally would. If you cannot find the page related to the e-mail on the website, call the investment company and ask for directions—and confirmation that the e-mail was genuine.
For advice on how to create the most secure passwords, see "How to Create the Best Password" at bottomLinePublications.com/password.
Source: John Sileo, president of The Sileo Group, a Denver-based identity-theft-prevention consulting company. He is author of Privacy Means Profit: Prevent Identity Theft and Secure Your Bottom Line (Wiley). Sileo.com
"Chip" Cards Have Security Gaps
Many credit card issuers are finally starting to issue cards in the US embedded with microchips, a security measure used widely in Europe, Asia and Canada. But you're probably not getting as much extra security as chip cards that are issued in other countries provide.
That's because most US merchants do not yet have devices to read the chips, so you still need to swipe the card using its old-fashioned magnetic strip to process a charge. (Card issuers are prodding merchants to have the devices by October 1, 2015.) That defeats the purpose of the chip, which is designed to generate a secure, scrambled single use code for each transaction.
In addition, unlike foreign chip cards, nearly all the new US chip cards require a signature rather than a PIN code. That means someone who steals your card would not need to know your PIN code to use the card—either in person or online. (Some major card issuers, including Chase and Target, are expected to begin offering chip-and-pin cards in the US in early 2015.)
However, one advantage that already applies to the US chip cards is that the chips make the cards much more difficult to counterfeit.
Source: Matt Schulz, senior industry analyst with CreditCards.com
Ebola Virus Disease Safety Information
Courtesy NYPD Community Affair Unit
• Ebola is a severe, often fatal disease caused by a virus in humans and non-humans.
• A large outbreak is now occurring in West African countries: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. 8,033 total cases resulting in 3,865 (48% case fatality rate) as of October 8, 2014.
• The Health Department has developed guidance for people who recently traveled to one of the three Ebola-affected countries.
• If you have not traveled recently to these areas understand that the risk of exposure is minimal.
The risk and likelihood of contracting Ebola is very low unless a person has direct unprotected contact with:
• Blood or other body fluids (stool, urine, saliva, vomit, semen) of an infected person.
• Infected human and/or non-human remains.
• Items contaminated with an Ebola patient's infectious fluids such as soiled clothing or bed linens.
• You CANNOT contract Ebola through the air or just by being near someone who has been infected.
If you visited countries affected by the outbreak, and develop a FEVER within 21 days, seek medical care immediately.
• Alert the doctor's office or emergency room about your symptoms BEFORE going.
• Tell your doctor if you had DIRECT CONTACT with a person who might have had Ebola.
Symptoms: Fever, headache, muscle pain, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, stomach pain, unexpected bleeding. Hospital staff will not ask you about your immigration status. You will be seen regardless of ability to pay.
For more information, call 311, or click: HERE for the latest information and educational material in multiple languages.
New York State Releases Fact Sheet on State Screening Protocols at JFK International Airport
Albany, NY (October 26, 2014)
New York State today released the following fact sheet on the institution of State screening procedures for Ebola at JFK International Airport. Screening is first conducted by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). If a passenger has a recent travel history for any of the three affected countries, a secondary screening of the passenger will be conducted by CBP. If a person coming from any of the three affected countries has a fever or reports exposure to Ebola, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reviews.
An additional screening will now be performed by New York State Department of Health and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene personnel.
Scenario 1: If a person arrives and has symptoms of the Ebola virus, they will be transported, via medical transportation (in protective gear), to one of the New York City hospitals designated by the State  to treat Ebola patients for further evaluation and treatment.
Scenario 2: If a person arrives and had direct contact with people infected with the Ebola virus but is asymptomatic, they will be transported by private vehicle (arranged by the New York State Department of Health or local health department) to their homes where they will be quarantined for 21 days. (For those without homes, other accommodations will be made.) Under quarantine, at least two unannounced visits by local officials (in coordination with state health officials) will be made each day to check the individual's condition as well as ensure that the individual is complying with the quarantine order.
The New York State Department of Health or local health department will, if needed, coordinate care services such as food and medicine.
Any health care worker returning from one of the affected countries who had been treating patients with the Ebola virus and is sponsored by Doctors Without Borders, typically has their wages paid for three weeks by Doctors Without Borders. For any health care worker whose sponsoring organization does not do this or something similar for their workers, as well as adults who meet New York's criteria for quarantine, they would be provided financial assistance for 21 days by the state (e.g., cover their rent/mortgage and standard per diem).
Family members would be allowed to stay with the person being quarantined. Friends would also be allowed to visit with the approval of the local health department.
Scenario 3: If a person arrives from one of the affected areas with no symptoms and had no direct contact with anyone infected with the Ebola virus, such cases would be treated on a case-by-case basis. At the minimum the New York State Department of Health or local health department will monitor these individuals twice a day for temperature and other symptoms until the 21 day incubation period is over, but these individuals would not automatically be subject to quarantine.
Scammers Exploiting Ebola Fears
Scammers prey on fears during the worst of circumstances – and the Ebola crisis is no different. Fraudsters are already using sleazy tactics to turn a quick buck. Watch out for:
• online offers for an Ebola cure or special “natural” or “dietary” methods to alleviate or prevent symptoms;
• email scams with alarming messages like "Ebola update" or “Ebola Pandemic” which may include links that release computer viruses;
• sales of "personal protection kits" at low prices to provide supposed “infection defense”;
• charity scams claiming to help victims or fight the disease; and
• potential stock investment frauds involving companies that say they are involved in the development of products that will prevent the spread of viral diseases like Ebola.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has seen and received “consumer complaints about a variety of products claiming to either prevent the Ebola virus or treat the infection.” Despite these claims, “…there are no approved vaccines, drugs, or investigational products specifically for purchase on the Internet.” And the Council for Responsible Nutrition, a trade association for the dietary supplement industry, warns consumers that there are currently no supplements that can prevent or cure Ebola.
As always, your best bet to protect yourself from these scams is to:
• delete any suspicious emails without opening or clicking on any links,
• ask how donations will be spent and check a charity’s registration before providing any money, and
• never provide your personal or financial information to companies you don’t know.
If you have questions about a possible Ebola-related scam, contact:
• State Attorney General: naag.org
• Food and Drug Administration: fda.gov
• Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov
• Federal Trade Commission: ftc.gov
NYPD: Beware of Green Dot MoneyPak Scams
Courtesy of NYPD Community Affairs Bureau
People are losing thousands of dollars in a phone scam involving Green Dot MoneyPak cards. Here is how the scam works: After receiving a call from someone who claims to be collecting a debt for either a Utility Company or the Internal Revenue Service, people are being threatened with the loss of their heat, electric or told they will be deported.
Utility Company Scam: The victims are contacted by a caller who states that they work at a utility company and are collecting money that is past due. The caller informs the victim that they can avoid having their utility service disconnected if they immediately pay the past due amount using a Green Dot MoneyPak card that can be purchased at a local store. The caller instructs the victim to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak card in a specified amount and provides the victim with a phone number to be called back when the MoneyPak has been obtained. The victim purchases a Green Dot card at a local store and proceeds to call back the number they were given. The victim is instructed to scratch off and read the MoneyPak card serial number to the perpetrator. Once the scammer has the Green Dot MoneyPak serial number they are able to transfer funds onto a prepaid debit card. The victim has now lost their money.
Internal Revenue Service Scam: The victims receive a call and are told that they owe back taxes, fees or fines to the I.R.S. and that if they do not make an immediate payment using a Green Dot MoneyPak card they will be arrested or deported. This scam is perpetrated in the same manner as the utility scam. The results are also the same the victim's money is stolen.
Summary: Green Dot MoneyPak cards themselves are legitimate products when used for the right purposes. Once purchased at a participating retailer with cash, consumers can use MoneyPaks to reload other prepaid cards, add money to a PayPal account without using a bank account, or make same-day payments to major companies. Because the cards can only be bought with cash, consumers never need to disclose their personal or financial information to a retail cashier or to make a payment. While many schemes still involve scammers asking for funds to be wired to them, MoneyPaks have the added benefit of the scammer not having to show up at an office to claim the funds. Anyone with the 14-digit number found on the back of the MoneyPak card can drain the card of funds. In all of these examples, the intended victims are instructed to buy a Green Dot MoneyPak cards, load the amount of the fine or other money owed onto the card and then provide the number on the back of the card to the scammers, who will then drain the funds from the card.
Crime Prevention Tips To Help You Avoid Falling Victim To This Scam:
Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
Remember that anyone who has the number on a Green Dot MoneyPak card has access to the funds on the card.
Never give out personal or financial information to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited.
Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers or Green Dot MoneyPak card numbers to someone you do not know.
Utility companies and government agencies will not contact you demanding immediate payment by MoneyPak.
"Crime Prevention Tip"
Hello, I am Deputy Inspector James P. Klein, the Commanding Officer of the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau's Crime Prevention Section.
In an effort to raise public awareness about crime trends and to provide tips on how to prevent yourself from becoming a victim, we have started a "tip of the week" program. Each week we will email out a short tip with a message to help you help yourself. Additional tips and information are always available on our website - http://www.nypdcommunityaffairs.org/
Thank you for your help in making our community a safe place, and we hope our partnership of "Police and Community Working Together" can continue to promote a more satisfying quality of life for us all!
Are you careful with your mobile phone?
Electronic devices are attractive targets for thieves due to their high resale value. Electronics such as iPhones, iPods, Android devices and Mobile Phones as well as Nooks and Kindles are the most common types of stolen property in New York City - even more than currency! Mobile Phones alone account for 81% of all electronic device thefts.
So what can I do? Remain alert and aware of your surroundings when using your device, don't leave your device unattended and always use the security features of your phone (pin lock, find my iPhone etc..) For more information on preventing theft, or for other crime prevention and personal safety tips visit our website: www.nypdcommunityaffairs.org
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Crime Prevention Crime Alerts
In the past few months several automobile tires and rims have been stolen from 2008-2012 Hondas. The 49th Pct Crime Prevention & Honda dealers recommend the following:
1. Park you vehicle on a well lit street. If you have a garage put your vehicle in it.
2. Honda dealership/NYPD recommends tire locks for ALL four tires. In the past tire locks have deterred tire thefts.
3. If you observe someone driving around or sneaking around looking at cars in a suspicious manner call 911.
4. Have a tilt sensor alarm installed in your vehicle, which will alert you if your car is being lifted up.
These tips will not guarantee that you will not become a victim, but will possibly make it harder for criminals to succeed. If you have any information about the larcenies please contact the 49th precinct at 718-918-2000 or 2026.
In the past month several burglary attempts on home/tool sheds have happened in your neighborhood. Perpetrators will enter through windows with air conditioners or tool sheds without locks. The 49th Precinct Crime Prevention unit recommends the following tips that may help you from being a victim of a burglary:
1. Use a high quality locking device/security device that's properly installed on your tool shed. Secure any bikes, tools left around your property.
2 Call 911 if you observe strangers standing around apparently doing nothing. (Could deter a would-be thief).
3. Lock ALL locks on doors. If you have one lock add another one (deadbolt lock).
4. Have security cameras D.V.R. system installed by a professional.
5. Use motion sensor lighting on walkways around your house.
6. Remove air conditioners from the windows in the winter months.
7. Lock your windows.
These tips will not guarantee that you will not become a victim of a burglary, but will possibly make it harder for criminals to succeed. The 49th Precinct offers a FREE burglary survey for your home or apartment. Call the Crime Prevention Unit at 718-918-2026. If you have information about burglaries please contact the 49th Precinct at 718-918-2061.