Suspicious Situations & Scams

"Go with your gut."

If you see or hear something that you feel is suspicious, you should always trust your gut instincts.  Never be apprehensive about calling the police when something looks out of place to you.  This could be a suspicious person, vehicle or situation.  If something doesn't look right, chances are - it's probably not.  Your phone call could assist us in preventing crime or apprehending a suspect.  It is always best to report these incidents immediately so police can try to intercede before the activity ceases.

Las Vegas Business Debit Scam

Las Vegas Business Debits Unsuspecting Consumers' Bank Accounts

The Better Business Bureau is alerting consumers about Las Vegas business Funds Direct, which, according to complaints from consumers nationwide, is debiting bank accounts for $30 without authorization.

Fund$Direct presents a webpage that claims to be a company that will guarantee to find instant cash for you - no matter your credit score, job status or income level. Consumers are charged a $30.00 membership fee, with a money back guarantee if the consumer is not satisfied.

The business website guarantees "instant" and "fast cash."  However, the information cannot be accessed until a password and email address are given through an unsecure site. At this time, BBB is unable to determine where the business got the information in order to debit consumers' accounts.

The BBB also cannot confirm an address for this company, and does not believe the company is located in Las Vegas.

"Consumers who have unauthorized debit charges should speak with their banks immediately and consider closing their account," said Robert Crockett, CEO of BBB serving Southern Nevada. 

Lottery Scam

Northfield Township Police Warn Against Scams

Every day, con-artists work at scamming you out of your hard earned money. Recently members of our community have received bogus Lottery Winning Notifications. In each of the cases the letters referred to an international sweepstakes. In addition to the winner’s notification letter, fraudulent checks were enclosed suggesting that the checks would pay the taxes on the winnings. The letters suggest that the sweepstakes is an International Promotion and that the intended victims name was generated from a computer system. Also, a reference claim number and the company's phone contact agent is provided. Our investigations have revealed that these International Lottery Award Notifications are not legitimate and although the checks were written from a known bank, they were not legitimate checks. Any receiver of these checks who were to cash such “bad checks” would ultimately be responsible for the payout on the checks.

REMEMBER...

If the lottery winnings appear too good to be true, they probably are.

Be cautions when dealing with individuals outside of your own country.

Be leery if you do not remember entering a lottery or contest.

Be cautious if you receive a telephone call, e-mail or letter stating you are the winner in a lottery.

Beware of lotteries that charge a fee prior to delivery of your prize.

Be wary of demands to send additional money to be eligible for future winnings.

Know that it is a violation of federal law to play a foreign lottery via mail or phone.

If you have any questions regarding any suspected fraudulent activities contact Crime Prevention Officer Colling @ 449-8900 ext 109, or by e-mailcolllingt@twp.northfield.mi.us.

Re-shipping Scam

Don’t Fall Prey to the Latest “Reshipping” Scam

While one may be in need of employment, Northfield Twp Police cautions anyone responding to opportunities to become a “Gift Wrap Associate” or anyone that is offered the opportunity to re-address and re-ship packages to addresses out of the United States. Although this re-shipping scam has been around for awhile, the new version will hire individuals as “Gift Wrapper Associates”. These associates are expected to receive and gift-wrap merchandise and then ship it to a given address. The merchandise is often purchased with stolen credit card numbers.

Advertisement for such employment opportunities have been listed on Craigslist, while other subjects have been contacted by e-mail, believing that they were contacted as a result of their on-line resume. Many of those being scammed are requested to participate in a phone interview as part of the hiring process and are asked to provide personal information. This then opens the door for their own identity theft and fraudulent activity against these unsuspecting job seekers.