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Police Chief Warns Clearfield And Areas Of Impouned Car Scam

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McGinnis Warns Clearfield Residents of Phone Scams

CLEARFIELD – Residents of not only Clearfield Borough, but also the entire area, are reminded by police of the plague of phone scams targeting the unwary.

During Thursday’s committee meeting, Police Chief Vincent McGinnis said that these phone scams are a major issue for every department.

The current popular one is that a victim will receive a phone call from a person stating they are a police officer from Texas and they have impounded a car registered in the victim’s name and that the car is full of illegal drugs.

In order to not be arrested, the caller instructs the victim to go to Wal-Mart and purchase gift cards.

McGinnis stated that the police will never call you for such a reason. Furthermore, purchasing gift cards from Wal-Mart or any other store won’t help you avoid arrest.

Citizens are reminded to never give out personal information over the phone, including birthdates, phone numbers, social security numbers, etc.

McGinnis also encourages anyone who receives a phone call they are suspicious of to contact the police and talk with them about the situation.

All police departments, he said, are willing to talk with citizens about suspicious phone calls and help them deal with scammers.

The repaving projects for both Front Street and Woodland Road are moving forward. Borough Operations Manager Leslie Stott stated that she and street crew foreman Todd Kling met with representatives of the state Department of Transportation and it appears now that both streets will be repaved simultaneously next year.

Stott and Code Enforcement Officer Larry Mack reported the borough has seen a rise in people blowing grass clippings into the streets. Not only is this a violation of borough ordinance, but it creates a traffic hazard and also clogs the storm sewer system.

Mack said he has been passing out cards with the ordinance listed and is keeping a list of those he has warned. A second violation will result in citations.

Mack also noted a $6,000 increase in permits this past May compared to 2018 and said it is an indication of improving economic conditions.

Also, two new houses are under construction, which he said is a welcome sight.

There were not enough council members present for any committee to have a quorum, so items for recommendation will be discussed and voted on at next week’s meeting.                                                    https://gantdaily.com/2019/06/14/mcginnis-warns-clearfield-residents-of-phone-scams/

 

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I received a call from a guy who said he was collecting  donations for the State Police. He knew my name he said he wanted to send me a form. I told hi to send it and Ill show to my neighbor who is a State Police officer(not really but he did not know that). He insisted they only wanted a donation and I said just send me the forms then and I hung on him. LOL I figured if he knew my name he had the address to send them to me  LOL


Every time the Government IMPOSES new Regulations to Protect Us, we LOSE a Little MORE of our FREEDOMS....

MORE Government = LESS Freedom

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I'm amazed that (1) anyone still answers their phone and (2) anyone falls (actually, ever fell) for the 'gift card' scams. What law enforcement or government agency ever asked for payment with 'gift cards'? :duh:

<"The current popular one is that a victim will receive a phone call from a person stating they are a police officer from Texas and they have impounded a car registered in the victim’s name and that the car is full of illegal drugs.

In order to not be arrested, the caller instructs the victim to go to Wal-Mart and purchase gift cards.">

And, last but not least, WHY would you 'pay' for something that is patently false.... unless, of course, you do have a car full of drugs in Texas, right? 😂 But if you don't, don't associate yourself with it by 'paying' off the nice 'policeman' with gift cards...which, best case scenario, sounds like a bribe and would (if it were true) only add to your charges. :duh: :duh::duh: I would have been sooo tempted to say: "duuude, send me my drugs and I'll send you the gift cards". :Cool_049: :funny4:

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