VSP Reports Scam Involving Becoming a Mystery Shopper

New Haven Barracks/Mystery Shopper Scam

VSP Press Release-Incident

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE

VIOLATION: Scam Involving Becoming a Mystery Shopper

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: Recently the Vermont State Police-New Haven Barracks was made aware of a mystery shopper or secret shopper mail scam. In these particular cases, individuals received a letter stating that they had been approved to be a mystery shopper and that the accompanying check was for their first assignment. The letter asks that the individual deposit the check at their respective banks and withdraw the cash. The letter continues by stating that the “shopper” is allowed to keep a small portion of the cash to complete their assignment and as
a commission. All remaining funds are to be transferred via Money Gram/Walmart RIA Transfer or Western Union to another “agent” listed in the letter.

The State Police would like to remind the public that although mystery (secret) shoppers are paid for conducting assigned shopping tasks, a legitimate company hiring these shoppers will never send a check to the shopper before a task has been completed. Additionally, these companies will never ask you to cash a check and/or send money through Western Union (or a similar service) to an individual.

Trooper Adria C. Pickin

Vermont State Police

“B” Troop New Haven Barracks

802-388-4919 P  802-453-7918 F

[email protected]

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Public Wi-Fi can be risky

Free public Wi-Fi, available at places like airports and coffee shops, is convenient, but can be risky.

Scammers monitor commonly used Wi-Fi network names, and set up their own “evil twin” access points in hopes someone’s computer or device will automatically connect to it without their consent. Or they launch a “man in the middle” attack, by hacking in between a user and their Wi-Fi connection. Their goal? To grab e-mails, credit card numbers, and passwords. Any data sent over free public Wi-Fi is vulnerable, so users should be thoughtful about how they use it.

There are steps people can take to make using Wi-Fi more secure:

— Ask an employee at the location offering free public Wi-Fi for the name of the network. Don’t just assume that “free airport Wi-Fi” is a legitimate wireless network — it could have been set up by a hacker to trick the public into connecting.

— Stick to browsing the web, checking news, weather, or traffic when on public Wi-Fi.

— Avoid online banking, checking e-mails, making credit card purchases, or even posting on social media on public Wi-Fi.

— Check the device’s settings to make sure it doesn’t automatically connect to any free public Wi-Fi that is in range.

— People who use public Wi-Fi regularly should consider signing up for a virtual private network (VPN) that keeps data secure. Some are free, while others charge a subscription.

When it comes to fraud, vigilance is the number one weapon. Individuals have the power to protect themselves and their loved ones from scams.

Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork for more information on fraud prevention. — from AARP.

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Request for assistance in locating fugitive Daniel Greenwood of Orleans County

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

               

TROOPER: Drew Cota                                                    

STATION: Derby                    

CONTACT#: 802-334-8881

 

LOCATION: Orleans County

VIOLATION: Escape

 

ACCUSED: Daniel Greenwood                                                                                    

AGE: 41

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Derby, VT

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

Greenwood is currently wanted by Probation and Parole in Orleans County for escape.  Greenwood’s prior cases involve; possession of cocaine, violation of conditions of release x 3, sale of narcotics, accessory before the fact x 3, and possession of regulated drugs.  Greenwood is also wanted in connection to a case from Orleans County involving; burglary, resisting arrest, eluding a police officer, excessive speed, and gross negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

 

The Vermont State Police is requesting assistance in apprehending Daniel Greenwood, age 41, of Orleans County.  Greenwood is currently wanted for escape out of Orleans County.  It has been reported that Greenwood carries a firearm on his person, and is considered to be armed and dangerous.  If located, do not approach, and call VSP Derby at 802-334-8881.  Anyone with information related to Greenwood’s whereabouts is asked to contact VSP Derby via phone, submit a tip online at http://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit, or by submitting an anonymous tip by texting keyword VTIPS to 274637 (CRIMES).  Recent photos of Greenwood are attached.  Greenwood is known to frequently wear a bandana to cover his head.

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VSP-Derby is requesting the public’s assistance in Lewd and Lascivious Conduct

VSP Press Release-Incident

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

CASE#: 17A504269

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr Daniel Lynch

STATION: Derby

CONTACT#: (802) 334-8881

 

DATE/TIME: 10/20/17, approximately 1630 hours

INCIDENT LOCATION: Derby Line playground

VIOLATION: Lewd and Lascivious Conduct

 

ACCUSED: Under investigation

AGE:

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:

 

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

VSP-Derby is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the offender.  On 10/20/17, VSP-Derby Trooper took a report that a male had approached a mother and her young child at the Derby Line playground near Main and Elm Streets.  The male then made inappropriate comments to the mother and  exposed his genitals to her.  The mother was able to fend the male off after he attempted to grab her by striking him.

 

It is believed the suspect has been frequenting the playground and area of the school recently.

 

The suspect is described as a white male approximately 60 years of age, approximately 5’9” and slightly chubby, with gray hair, possibly brown eyes, an older, faded black ink tattoo on his forearm (Possibly a dog’s head), and was at the time wearing jeans and a black T-shirt.  The male has been seen operating an older-model black Chevy Blazer with Vermont plates and a rust spot on the front passenger door and on the date of the incident was seen leaving to the west on Elm St.  The male is also believed to have a blackened or injured right eye resulting from the encounter.

 

Anyone with information which may assist in identifying the suspect is strongly encouraged to contact VSP-Derby at (802) 334-8881, Attn. Trooper Lynch.  Anonymous tips are encouraged as well.

 

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Armed Robbery in Orleans

VSP Press Release-Incident

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

CASE#: 17A504185

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Detective Trooper Christopher Pilner

STATION: St. Johnsbury

CONTACT#: 748-3111

 

DATE/TIME:10/14/17 at  approximately 2100 hrs.

INCIDENT LOCATION: 25 Rail Road Street in Orleans

VIOLATION: Armed Robbery

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

On 10/14/17 at approximately 2100 hours a masked individual entered the Subway Restaurant located at 25 Rail Road Street in Orleans. The individual approached the clerk, displayed a gun and demanded money. The individual made off with an unknown amount of money. The individual was described as being approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a  stocky build and was wearing  camouflage coveralls with a dark colored hood and a camouflage bandana was covering the individuals face. The individual left Subway on foot and traveled in an unknown direction. No injuries were sustained.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call the State Police at 748-3111.

 

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VSP Report: Stolen 3 Wheeler

October 11, 2017

Derby Press Release – Larceny

VSP Press Release-Incident

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

CASE#: 17A504126

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Mikkola

STATION: Derby

CONTACT#: 802-334-8881

 

DATE/TIME: 10/11/2017 @ 1416 hours

INCIDENT LOCATION: School Road, Holland, VT

VIOLATION: Larceny

 

ACCUSED: Suspect Unknown

 

VICTIM: (The Vermont State Police does not release the names of victims of

larceny’s)

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

On 10/11/2017 at approximately 1416 hours, the Vermont State Police were

notified of a theft on School Road in the Town of Holland, VT. A Trooper spoke

with the complainant who stated her sons 3 wheeler was stolen off School Road

between the hours of 0640 and 1500 on 10/11/2017. The complainant reported the 3

wheeler was a 1985 Honda 250 that was red in color with a black gas tank and a

black duct taped seat. The 3 wheeler was reported to not have a headlight and no

working brakes. Anyone with information is asked to call the Vermont State

Police – Derby Barracks at 802-334-8881.

 

Thank You,

 

Trooper Joshua Mikkola

Vermont State Police

Troop A – Derby Barracks

35 Crawford Road

Derby, Vermont 05829

[email protected]

802-334-8881

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Newport Police Investigating After Counterfeit Bills Passed at City Businesses

Newport Police Investigating After Counterfeit Bills Passed at City Businesses

NEWPORT — Chief Seth DiSanto reports that the Newport Police Department is investigating after counterfeit bills were passed at two city businesses this week.
At approximately 6:20 a.m., today, a Newport Police officer responded to Cumberland Farms, 535 East Main St., on a report that two fake $20 bills had been passed there by a customer. After conducting a preliminary investigation, the officer determined that the bills were counterfeit.
An officer also responded yesterday to a report that a fake $20 bill had been passed at Maplefields, 273 Main St. The Newport Police Department is investigating both incidents, and cautions merchants to closely scrutinize cash to ensure it isn’t counterfeit.
All three bills had the same serial number, which was MC31793661B.
“I want to remind all of our business owners to take care to confirm the authenticity of any cash they accept,” Chief DiSanto said. “We also hope that anyone who comes across a suspicious bill will let us know so that we can investigate.”
Newport Police are reviewing surveillance footage and are actively investigating the origin of the counterfeit cash.

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Fire at the Pines Farm

Derby Barracks/Structure Fire

VSP Press Release-Incident
STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
PRESS RELEASE
CASE#: 17A504088
INVESTIGATORS FULL NAME:  Detective Sergeant Michael LaCourse – Vermont State
Police, Assistant Fire Marshall Paul Cerutti – Vermont Division of Fire Safety,
Detective Sergeant John MacCallum – Vermont State Police, Detective Sr. Sergeant
Thomas Williams – Vermont State Police
STATION:  Derby
CONTACT#: 802-334-8881
DATE/TIME: 10/09/17 @ approximately 1250 hours
INCIDENT LOCATION: 605 Kinsey Road, Barton
INCIDENT: Structure Fire
VICTIM: Michael & Kim Riendeau
AGE: 60/56
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Brownington, VT
SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On 10/9/17, at approximately 1250 hours, Barton Fire
Department was called to a report of a structure fire at the “Pines” farm located at 605 Kinsey Road in Barton. Upon arrival on scene, fire personnel encountered a large barn that was fully engulfed in fire. Personnel focused their efforts on preventing the fire from spreading to several other nearby buildings. Other buildings suffered only minor damage, however, the barn was a total loss. There were no reported injuries to person(s) or animals.
Barton Fire was assisted on scene by Orleans Fire Department, Irasburg Fire Department and Glover Fire Department. Fire personnel works diligently for many hours to ensure the fire was fully extinguished.
The cause of the fire is currently classified as undetermined, however, remains under investigation. Investigators are aware that numerous people took photographs of the fire in it’s incipient stage and would like to speak with anyone that may have witnessed the fire. Anyone that witnessed the fire is asked to contact Det. Sgt Michael LaCourse at the Derby Barracks at 802-334-8881.
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