Some Good Tips For Fighting Cyber Crime

LA MESA -- Police are increasingly being forced into the area of cyber crimes. Recently, several merchants in town were contacted by scammers pretending on the phone to be bill collectors for local utilities. The fraudsters claimed that crews were on the way to shut off electricity -- effectively shutting down the business -- if an electronic payment was not made immediately.

Police below offer a number of general tips to avoid Internet threats. See Crime Prevention/Preparedness.

Case Highlights: On March 13, 2014 at 2:11pm, La Mesa Police received a robbery alarm call from the North Island Federal Credit Union located in the 7900 block of El Cajon Boulevard in La Mesa. The suspect walked up to the teller, presented a demand note, and stated he had a gun. No weapon was seen during the incident and no one was injured. The teller handed the suspect an undetermined amount of money and the suspect left the credit union. He was last seen walking northbound through the strip mall parking lot. La Mesa Police officers with the assistance of the San Diego Police helicopter (ABLE) searched the area but did not located the suspect.
The suspect is described as a White male adult, 24-25 years old, about 5 foot 7 inches tall, 150 pounds, and wearing a red baseball style hat, red athletic jacket, blue jeans, white shoes, and a handbag over his shoulder. Anyone with information is asked to call the La Mesa Police Department at 619-667-1400 or you may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line at (888) 580-TIPS (or visit www.sdcrimestoppers.com). You can remain anonymous , and be eligible for a reward of up
to $1,000 for information in this case.
Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness:
Here are some tips you can use to avoid becoming a victim of cyber fraud:

  •   Do not respond to unsolicited (spam) e-mail. If you do not recognize the sender, do not open the email. If it is important, there are other means to contact you.
  •   Do not click on links contained within an unsolicited e-mail.
  •   Be cautious of e-mail or social media messaging/posts claiming to contain pictures in attached files; the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders. Scan the attachments for viruses if possible.
  • Avoid filling out forms contained in e-mail messages that ask for personal information.
  • Always compare the link in the e-mail to the link you are actually directed to and determine if they match and will lead you to a legitimate site.
  • Log on directly to the official website for the business identified in the e-mail instead of “linking” to it from an unsolicited e-mail. If the e-mail appears to be from your bank, credit card issuer, or other company you deal with frequently, your statements or official correspondence from the business will provide the proper contact information.
  •  Contact the actual business that supposedly sent the email to verify that the e-mail is legitimate.
  • If you are requested to act quickly or there is an emergency that requires your attention, it may be a scam. Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly.
  •  Remember if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Department Information: Help solve a cold Homicide case: http://ca-lamesa2.civicplus.com
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