Melrose Police Department http://melrosepolice.net Working to Make Melrose a Safer Place Sat, 14 Apr 2018 20:14:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Melrose Police Looking to Identify Credit Card Thief http://melrosepolice.net/2018/01/17/melrose-police-looking-to-identify-credit-card-thief/ http://melrosepolice.net/2018/01/17/melrose-police-looking-to-identify-credit-card-thief/#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:21:51 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=428027 6a015393f55fc9970b017d41137d32970c-800wi

Melrose Police Department
Michael L. Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster St.
Melrose, MA 02176

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Melrose Police Looking to Identify Credit Card Thief

MELROSE —  Chief Michael L. Lyle reports that the Melrose Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man who stole a resident’s credit card and used it to make multiple purchases.

On Jan. 15, a Melrose resident noticed eight fraudulent charges on his credit card, totaling nearly $700. The purchases occurred on Jan. 13-15 at locations like Honey Dew Donuts, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Shaw’s in Melrose, as well as at a Cumberland Farms outside of Melrose and an auto supply store in Woburn.

Upon further investigation, the resident determined that his vehicle had been broken into and his credit card and $200 were missing.

“We’re hoping that members of the public can help us identify this individual,” Chief Lyle said. “If you recognize him, please contact the Melrose Police Department immediately.”

All tips can be submitted to Melrose Police by calling 781-665-TIPS or by filling out the department’s tips form here. All tips can remain anonymous.

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Melrose Police Warn Residents of Check Scams http://melrosepolice.net/2017/06/02/melrose-police-warn-residents-check-scams/ http://melrosepolice.net/2017/06/02/melrose-police-warn-residents-check-scams/#respond Fri, 02 Jun 2017 18:51:59 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=397340 6a015393f55fc9970b017d41137d32970c-800wi

Melrose Police Department
Michael L. Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster St.
Melrose, MA 02176

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, June 2, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Melrose Police Warn Residents of Check Scams

MELROSE — Chief Michael Lyle and the Melrose Police Department would like to warn the community about ongoing check scams and remind residents to never cash or deposit checks they receive unexpectedly from a stranger.

Melrose Police have received multiple reports of residents receiving unexpected checks with little to no other instructions. The checks, though they look real, are counterfeit and may arrive by specialized postal means such as Certified Mail that requires a recipient’s signature, making them look official.

Residents who receive an unexpected check in the mail are being advised not to cash or deposit the check. Unfortunately, once deposited or cashed, your bank may require you to return any amounts disbursed when the check bounces, as well as pay a fee for a returned check. Worst of all, if the scammer receives or has access to the image of the cashed check, your endorsement might also reveal your bank account number, which can result in stolen funds.

There are similar check cashing scams out there that pop up from time time time, including a scam where a stranger asks you to accept a check for a large amount of money and to wire them a small portion and keep the rest. The check inevitably bounces, and any money wired to the other party is lost forever and cannot be recovered.

Chief Lyle and the Melrose Police Department are offering the following tips to ensure residents avoid being a check scam victim:

  • No actual company will overpay you and ask that you wire the difference back to them or a third party. Be wary of any offer to accept a check or money order in an amount greater than what you are owed.
  • Companies do not send checks without some explanation as why the check was issued. Unless you are expecting the check, do not cash it.
  • Remember that fake checks may have a legitimate company’s actual account number with the correct bank routing number. To verify the check, call the company directly by using a telephone number you obtain on your own. Do not use any telephone number that appears on the check.
  • Check for typos, mismatched names, or pressure to act quickly. It can take up to 10 days for banks to determine that a check is counterfeit. Don’t wire or transfer funds until you have verified with your bank that the check has cleared — even if the bank allows you to withdraw the money sooner.

“These individuals have no intention of giving you anything. Please understand that,” Chief Lyle said. “These are scammers that want access to your personal information and that’s it.”

Anyone who has questions, concerns, or believes they are the victim of a scam, should contact the Melrose Police Department at 781-665-1212.

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Melrose Police Offer Safety Tips to Prevent Doorstep Theft During the Holidays http://melrosepolice.net/2016/11/30/melrose-police-offer-safety-tips-prevent-doorstep-theft-holidays/ http://melrosepolice.net/2016/11/30/melrose-police-offer-safety-tips-prevent-doorstep-theft-holidays/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:16:20 +0000 http://melrosepolice.net/?p=347435 6a015393f55fc9970b017d41137d32970c-800wi

Melrose Police Department
Michael L. Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster St.
Melrose, MA 02176

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Melrose Police Offer Safety Tips to Prevent Doorstep Theft During the Holidays

MELROSE — As people begin to order their holiday gifts online, Chief Michael L. Lyle and the Melrose Police Department would like to remind residents of several helpful safety tips designed to prevent packages from being stolen from porches, decks or doorsteps.

“We certainly do not want anyone’s gifts to be stolen because they were delivered to an empty home,” Chief Lyle said. “This is the time of year when we see an increase in opportunist theft, so always remember to have packages delivered to a location where someone will be home to retrieve them.”

To help with package safety, FedEx and UPS offer specific holiday services to best ensure that customers’ deliveries are protected. To avoid theft, Chief Lyle recommends that community members follow these tips:

  • Require a signature upon delivery to assure someone is there to receive your package.
  • Sign up for electronic notifications to continually monitor and track your package.
  • Schedule a specific date and time for delivery to ensure you’re home to receive your package.
  • Ask to be called when your deliveries arrive.
  • If travelling, set up a vacation hold on all deliveries to postpone their arrival.
  • Send your packages to an alternate destination, such as work or a family member’s home, to make sure someone is present to receive deliveries.

If you find that your package has been stolen, please report it to police immediately. Additionally, never accept an unexpected delivery that requires payment, and never give out personal information when receiving a package that you purchased.

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