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Storm Contact Information

The following Verizon contact numbers will assist residents deal with telecommunications related issues over the winter months. 

Verizon (800) 837-4966

Website: www.verizon.com/support

Civilian Domestic Violence Program

Statistics help us to see that domestic violence is prevelent in many homes across the nation. The Randolph Police Department has always taken this very seriously and takes an attentive and unique approach to try to assist those who are affected to get help. The Department continues to be a leader in providing safety and information to victims of domestic violence. As a pro-active department, the RPD is committed to responding to those calls with caution, care and empathy and understands that not only are the victims affected but the children as well. Statistics also reveal that children who witness violence are significantly more likely to suffer emotional trauma which if not addressed can lead to suffering emotional trauma, addictions, emotional disorders, anxiety and decreased self esteem.

 

Continuing with a long time relationship with the DOVE Program, the Civilian Domestic Violence Advocate from DOVE reaches out to all victims named in domestic violence reports to offer support, information on rights, navigation through the legal system, resources in the community and will review available options with each victim. This Advocate also assists in the restraining order process at Quincy District Court every Friday.

 

Domestic Violence High Risk Indicators

 

·         Perpetrator threatenss or fantasizes of homicide/ suicide

·         Threats ot harm the victims children

·         Jealousy

·         Financial Controls

·         Violence is increasing or becoming unpredictable

·         No choice when it comes to having sex

·         Strangulation or attempted strangulation

·         Access or ownership of weapons

·         Extreme violence to victim

·         Victim believes the perpetrator will kill them

·         Hostage taking or kidnapping

·         Threat to kidnap

·         Any type of substance abuse

·         Violence to animals

·         Stalking behaviors

 

If you recognize any of the above indicators or feel they are present in your relationship, you could be in danger. There are people who you can speak with at the Randolph Police Department and DOVE.

 

There are at least 17 signs of an abusive personality with only 4 of them being physical. Please conact the Civilian Domestic Violence Advocate at 617-653-4226 if you have questions or need assistance.

 

Identity Theft

Identity theft is a serious crime with serious costs for victims. ID theft occurs when someone obtains your personal information - such as your Social Security Number, credit card or account numbers, passwords, among others - to defraud or commit crimes. Victims of identity theft may lose significant money and time, and may find their reputation and credit rating has been damaged, affecting the ability to obtain loans for education or housing, approval for rental agreements, and approval for credit cards or large purchases requiring credit.

Scams

People of any age and at any stage of their life are at risk of falling prey to a scam. There are a few rules of thumb to remember and to protect yourself, but always remember one thing: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Victims of consumer scams lose money and time, and may find their reputation has been ruined or they are the target for legal action.

Common scams that residents have fallen victim to:

Western Union/MoneyGram - There are many variations with this scam.  It may start with someone advising you that you have been awarded $XX amount and that you owe taxes on the award.  They will advise you that they will be sending you a money order for the tax amount (to assist in paying it), however the tax amount will be over the actual amount owed and they will need you to send the actual amount back via Western Union/MoneyGram.  They state that once your money order is received, that is when they will send the balance of your award to you. 

Mystery Shopper - Actual Email from Suspect regarding First Assignment as a Mystery Shopper:

Hello, You will receive funding of $1880 to be delivered to you via USPS.  You are to cash the payment at your bank then deduct $200 the Company offered you for the mystery shopper assignment.  After the deduction of the $200, you would have $1680 left; you are to send the sum of $1580 to the next mystery shopper in another location via western union money transfer.  The remaining $100 will be for western union transfer charges.  Ensure that money is sent using the (Money Available in Minutes) procedure.  Here is the name you will wire the funds to: XXX. 

The victim, unfortunately deposited the money orders and was notified by their bank 3 weeks later that the checks were fraudulent. 

Kidnapping Scam - A caller states that a family member of yours has been kidnapped and they ask for a ransom amount to be sent via wire transfer. 

Recently a victim of this scam reported that she received a phone call and the person stated that they had kidnapped her son.  She was unable to contact either of her son's and sent the money via Western Union.  The victim was threatened to not go to the police or her child would be killed.  While the victim was reporting the scam to the police she was able to make contact with her son, however when attempting to stop the wire transfer, was unable to do because the money had alread been picked up. 

Vehicle/Insurance Scam - A potential purchaser of a vehicle for sale on Ebay will send more money than the sale price of the vehicle (via counterfeit check) and will ask the seller to send back the overpayment.  Your bank will notify you several weeks later that the check from the purchaser is counterfeit and you will be scammed out of the money you sent back to the purchaser for the "overpayment". 

Email Scam from London - An email states that the emailer's bag and cell phone have been stolen and that they need money to pay for their hotel bill and travel expenses to get back home.  The email states that the US Embassy and their bank are not helping them fast enough and they request a money transfer through MoneyGram and request the reference number once the money is sent to them. 

If you HAVE NOT been a victim:

Report the Scam to the Attorney General's Office by calling their Hotline at (617) 727-8400 or filing a complaint HERE.

If you HAVE been a victim:

  • - Notify the Police Department
  • - Bring in ALL documentation you received
  • - Bring in Bank Statements
  • - Bring in Cancelled Checks
  • - Bring in notes regarding phone calls (phone numbers, etc.)
  • - Make any stop payments if you feel you've been scammed
  • - Contact Credit Reporting companies (Equifax, TransUnion, Experian)
  • - Contact Creit Card Companies/Bank

Tips:

  • * Don't send money via Western Union/MoneyGram unless you truly know the person you are sending money to.
  • * Never give out personal information over the phone
  • * Never give out your Social Security Number
  • * Don't send money overseas.
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Links

Attorney General's Office - Identity Fraud

Annual Credit Report