Crime Alert – Fake Utility Service Demanding Money – SCAM

Crime/Safety Alert
Menomonee Falls Crime Alert Several customers of Menomonee Falls utility services have recently received telephone calls demanding payment for overdue water utility bills. These calls are fraudulent, as the utility will not call demanding payment for unpaid utility bills. The caller also requested the customer’s bank account number, which our utility would not do. Should you receive a call of this nature please record the call information and contact the Menomonee Falls Police Department at 262-532-8700. Citizens should remember that the Menomonee Falls Water Utility will not call your home or business demanding payment. Sent from the Police Department of Menomonee Falls.
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IRS SCAM – CRIME ALERT!

Crime/Safety Alert
Menomonee Falls Crime Alert The Menomonee Falls Police Department has received an increase in IRS scam reports in the past week. Victims have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS. Scammers have been reported to threaten victims with legal if immediate payment is not made for unpaid taxes. Many victims will provide their credit card, debit or prepaid credit card numbers to make the payment. It is important for citizens to know that the IRS: •Never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone. •Never insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations •Never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually…
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Telephone Scam – Claiming to be WE Energies

Crime/Safety Alert
Menomonee Falls Police Department Crime Alert! The Menomonee Falls Police Department received information regarding a telephone scam with a suspect claiming to be a representative from WE Energies. The suspect threatened that WE Energies would cut the power off to the victim’s business if he didn't pay the bill. The victim was instructed to purchase $1500 in reloadable gift cards to make a payment for an outstanding utility balance.  These gift cards can be purchased from most area merchants and once loaded, the charges cannot be reversed. The Victim advised that the call came from phone # 1-877-334-4951 and the person calling was named Todd Harper or Hopper, which was fraudulent/ficticious. Report any suspected scams to the Menomonee Falls Menomonee Falls Police Department immediately at (262) 532-8700.
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Asphalt Sealing then Purse Snatching

Crime/Safety Alert, Neighborhood Watch News
Crime Alert! On 07/29/15 at 1:00 pm, the Menomonee Falls Police Department responded to theft of purse complaint from a residence. The elderly victim was approached by a 30’s male white (clean shaven operating a beige or gray work van with a black trailer containing a sealant tank) indicating that he was with an asphalt company “working in the area” and he had “extra sealer.” A short time later the victim allowed the suspect to enter her home after the work was completed. The suspect insisted on a cash payment at which time the victim retrieved her purse. Upon returning to the kitchen victim now found another male white in her home. After paying the suspects the victim was asked for a glass of water turning her attention away from…
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Daytime Residential Burglaries – Menomonee Falls and surrounding communities

Community Announcement, Crime/Safety Alert, Neighborhood Watch News
Menomonee Falls Crime Alert Menomonee Falls & surrounding communities are experiencing an increase in daytime burglaries to residences.  Suspects utilize the following scheme: Stolen vehicle is backed into driveway (different stolen vehicles have been used).  One suspect rings the front doorbell repeatedly.  If no one answers, suspects enter home through unlocked doors/windows or will force entry if necessary.  If door is answered, suspects give the name of a fictitious person they are trying to contact and will leave quickly **SUSPECTS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED**  When a victim confronted a suspect removing a screen from an open window, one of the suspects brandished a firearm.  Suspects are stealing electronics, cash, jewelry, firearms and vehicle. Contact the police department IMMEDIATELY (262-532-1700) if you experience a similar occurrence or notice suspicious activity in…
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Daytime Burglaries – Crime Alert – Menomonee Falls

Crime/Safety Alert, Neighborhood Watch News
Menomonee Falls Crime Alert The Village of Menomonee Falls and surrounding communities, have experienced an increase in daytime burglaries to residential homes.  In most instances entry to the victims' homes is being made through the garage service door.  The criminal(s) will then steal jewelry, narcotics, electronics, firearms, and motor vehicles – if they can locate keys. The suspects utilize the following scheme:  They will ring the front doorbell repeatedly.  If no one answers, they will enter into the home through unlocked doors/windows or they will force entry when necessary.  However, if someone answers the door, the suspect(s) will quickly provide the name of someone they are attempting to contact.  When the resident responds that they know no such person, the suspect will leave and attempt the same scheme elsewhere.  Please…
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Crime Alert – Imposter Burglary

Crime/Safety Alert, Neighborhood Watch News
Menomonee Falls Crime Alert Over the past few months a group of subjects have been traveling throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota scamming elderly victims into thinking they are roofing contractors. Instead, they distract the victims and steal credit cards, money, jewelry and safes. This type of scam is also known as an “imposter burglary.” Suspect(s) will pretend to be legitimate worker(s) and approach senior citizen home owners at their residences with a seemingly legitimate ruse. Their real purpose is to divert the homeowner while their accomplices search for currency and jewelry. Some of the more frequently used ploys by the suspects are: indicating they are from the local gas/electric company; posing as a water department employee to inspect the water pipes and/or to replace the water meter; a request to use…
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Crime Alert – Grandparent Telephone Scam

Crime Reporting, Crime/Safety Alert, Neighborhood Watch News
Menomonee Falls Crime Alert Recently, the Menomonee Falls Police Department and surrounding agencies have received complaints of telephone scams in which a scammer will call claiming to be a police officer demanding bail for a relative, a relative calling for bail money or a kidnapper demanding ransom. These types of scams have been around for years and typically target the elderly. Victims will be directed to transfer money through a money wiring service to a location outside of the United States. The scam and scam artists have become more sophisticated. Thanks to the Internet and social networking sites, a criminal can sometimes uncover personal information about their targets, which makes the impersonations more believable. Common scenarios have included a grandparent receives a phone call or an e-mail from a “grandchild”…
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Plastic Bottle Warning

Crime/Safety Alert
Subject: Safety alert: Warning This is from a captain in the Green Bay police dept. Kids are putting a chemicals, a metal product, and a little water in plastic drink bottles and capping it up - leaving it on lawns, in mailboxes, in gardens, on driveways etc. just waiting for you to pick it up intending to put it in the rubbish, but you'll never make it!!! If the bottle is picked up, and the bottle is shaken even just a little - in about 30 seconds or less it builds up enough gas which then explodes with enough force to remove some of your extremities.   The liquid that comes out is boiling hot as well. Don't pick up any plastic bottles that may be lying in your yards or…
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