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Watch Out - Grandparent Phone Scams

03.26.12

Tell Grandparents about Travel Plans: Here’s Why

3/21/2012
Scammers have convinced Ohio grandparents to send hundreds of thousands of dollars out of the country through the “grandparent scam,” where scammers pose as a grandchild in trouble and call grandparents asking for money.

With many Ohioans taking spring vacations, the scam could be particularly believable this time of year.

For example, if grandparents know their college-aged grandson is on spring break, they might believe a scammer who calls and says the grandson is in trouble in Mexico and needs money immediately.

When grandparents answer the phone, scammers often say “Hi Grandma” or “Hi Grandpa,” tricking grandparents into thinking their grandchild really is calling.

Since 2011, dozens of Ohio consumers have reported losing money to the scam, with an average loss of about $5,700. The money typically is sent via wire transfer to a foreign country, such as Canada or the United Kingdom. In recent months, victims say they sent the money to Peru, Spain, or Mexico.

Protect Your Family
The more scammers know about their potential victims, the more believable the scam can be. To help protect yourself and your family members, follow these Do’s and Don’ts:
• Don’t post travel plans online. Scammers could use that information to know when to contact family members.
• Do call your family members to tell them exactly where you’re going and when.
• Don’t trust caller ID. Scammers can disguise the number that appears on your caller ID using a practice called “spoofing.”
• Do warn your family members about scams. Tell them not to trust callers who ask for money sent via wire transfer.

When in doubt, grandparents should ask callers a question that only their real family members would know how to answer. They also can consider creating a code word that only family members know to use in an emergency.

Links:
• Attorney General DeWine Announces ‘Grandparent Scam’ Suspect Charged in Florida
• DeWine Announces Top Five Cyber Fraud Trends; Kicks off National Consumer Protection Week
• DeWine Reminds Families to Watch Out For Grandparent Phone Scams
• ‘Grandparent Scams’ Target Ohioans, Attorney General DeWine Warns

Tags: Consumer Advocate, consumers, scams, tips, consumer

Flooding Victims

03.15.12

When you return to a dwelling or business that has been flooded please do not turn on utilities such as gas, electric, etc. without inspecting your dwelling to prevent any damage, fire or other ingitions. If you are unsure call a plumber or an electrican.

Public Notice

03.13.12

Public Notice

The Hebron Village Finance Committee meeting has scheduled for:
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Immediately following the regularly scheduled Council Meeting

Mindy Kester
Interim Fiscal Officer

Village Facebook Page

03.08.12

We have a facebook page! Check it out and comment.

Free Practice SAT test

03.08.12

Attend a free Kaplin College Admissions Series Event at the Hebron Library. Practice SAT test Saturday March 10 beginning at 9 am - 1 pm. Register at 1-800-527-8378 or online kaptest.com/college or for more information contact the Hebron Library at 740-928-3923.
The Hebron Library is located at 934 W. Main Street in the Hebron Municipal Complex.

Public Hearing

03.01.12

Notice of Public Hearing

Village of Hebron Planning and Zoning Board

March 5, 2012 6:00 PM
Municipal Complex
934 West Main Street
Hebron OH 43025

The Village of Hebron Council will hear input from local citizens and interested parties for the following zoning variance application:

Commodore Bank, located at 202 Commodore Court, is applying for a sign variance to be installed on the property. The sign will vary from the zoning ordinance with regards to flashing/running lights, pole sign and maximum display surface.

For more information contact Andie Myers, Community Development Coordinator at 928-0076.