TIP: FTC Guide To Dealing With Identity Theft

Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission. It is a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history, and reputation – and it can take time, money, and patience to resolve. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, prepared this guide to help you repair the damage that identity theft can cause, and reduce the risk of identity theft happening to you. [more info – .PDF document]

TIP: Gypsy Paving / Asphalt Paving Scam

I was informed by today by Deputy Constable Ron Hall, PCT 5 of an incident in the Kai Vista Subdivision on January 28, 2013 regarding a possible “Gypsy Paving” or “Asphalt Paving” scam.

Their typical pitch is to contact homeowners and tell them they have extra paving materials left from a previous job. They then offer their services at a much reduced price. In many cases, the work is poorly done, done with materials that do not last, or the driveway scam they pour old motor oil on the asphalt and it looks great at first but then you realize that it never dries.
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TIP: Door-to-Door Salespeople

THIS IS A WARNING REGARDING DOOR TO DOOR MAGAZINE SALES

On January 2nd, 2013, I was approached inside the Wal-Mart store in San Marcos, TX by a door to door magazine salesman trying to do his magazine sales scam. The company the receipt said he worked for is “Back A Winner” based out of Colorado. During my conversation with the “salesman” he disclosed that law enforcement in the New Braunfels area have already been called on the group. He claimed to a have a “permit” to solicit in San Marcos. He also told me that he and several others would be in the Comal County/Hays County/Travis County areas for at least the next five to six weeks. The “salesman” I encountered appeared to have been drinking. Wal-Mart staff was informed and he was “politely” asked to leave.
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TIP: Holiday Safety Tips

Sheriff Gary Cutler wishes to share the following Holiday Safety Tips. The Hays County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach Unit has complied safety tips to contribute to the safety and security of people during the holiday season. The holiday season is always a special time of year. It is also a time when busy people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. We can never be too careful, too prepared, or too aware. Please share this information with family, friends and neighbors. The Hays County Sheriff’s Office wishes you a safe, happy, and peaceful holiday season.
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TIP: 5 Things To Know About Going Back To School

NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.

5 Things To Know About Going Back To School With NetSmartz

TIP: Facebook Privacy & Security

At the Social Networking session held during the 20th annual Texas CPAAA & Law Enforcement Annual Training Convention in Waco last July, privacy and security issues surrounding Facebook usage were covered and the following documents were mentioned and have been made available for download:

Building your presence with Facebook Pages: A guide for Police Departments
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