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About The New 'Can You Hear Me' Scam
Police are warning people to immediately hang up if you receive a phone call from someone asking “can you hear me.” The “can you hear me” con aims to get victims to say "yes," which is recorded by the fraudster and used to authorize unwanted charges.
They already have your phone number — and possibly other information — which means that the fraudster can spend your hard earned cash.
But why shouldn't you say "yes?" Susan Grant, director of consumer protection for the Consumer Federation of America, says that the scammers can threaten legal action if you attempt to dispute the charges:
“You say ‘yes,’ it gets recorded and they say that you have agreed to something."“I know that people think it’s impolite to hang up, but it’s a good strategy.”
If you think you've already fallen victim, police recommend checking your credit card, phone and cable bills for any extra charges. If there are any, contact the company immediately and if they say you have been recorded approving the charge, ask for proof.
To avoid the scam, authorities recommend not answering the phone from numbers you don't know. And if you do, not confirming your number over the phone, not giving out personal information and not answering questions.
NORWELL POLICE DEPARTMENT
PARTICIPATES IN THE “DESIGNATED DRIVER PROGRAM”
The Norwell Police Department is continuing our commitment to the Designated Driver Program.
This program is a cooperative effort between the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office, local Police Departments, and licensed alcohol servers across Plymouth County. It is a cooperative effort aimed at reducing the number of impaired drivers on the road.
Participation is voluntary and controlled by the private business. Each business agrees to provide free non-alcoholic beverages to patrons who identify themselves as the designated driver to their server.
The Designated Driver agrees not to drink any alcoholic beverages during their evening out. The designated Driver accepts the responsibility to ensure the other members in their party are transported home safely.
The following establishments are participating in the Designated Driver Program:
Not Your Average Joe's
The Norwell Police extends our thanks to the participating establishments.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday!
NORWELL POLICE DEPARTMENT
RECEIVES GRANT AWARD
TThe Norwell Police Department recently received a grant award from the Office of Alcohol Testing (OAT) through the Highway Safety Division in the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. We were awarded a Portable Breath Tester (PBT) for use in the field. The PBT device will be used as another means to assist an officer in determining whether a suspect driver is operating under the influence. The PBT device does not replace the standard roadside sobriety testing.
TThe Norwell Police would like to recognize the efforts of Sgt. Ronald Fries with working on this pproposal to procure a PBT for our department. Sgt. Fries will be attending a required training session next week to receive the PBT.
Safe Exchange Zone Created
Norwell Police Department has created a "Safe Exchange Zone" in the parking lot of the police and fire department Public Safety Complex located at 300 Washington St, which is under 24-hour video surveillance. This location can help online sellers and buyers to complete their transactions at a secure location. Whether you are buying or selling, please make sure to follow some basic safety tips:
- Always meet at a public location and don't go alone.
- Meet during daylight hours.
We welcome the public to use our designated parking area for a safe exchange,
and hope that our location and surveillance will be a deterrent against fraud and theft. Remember - Safety first!
SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER RICK PHELPS
Please join us in extending our best wishes to Officer Rick Phelps as he begins his first year in his position as a full-time School Resource Officer. Officer Phelps will be working in coordination with the Norwell Public Schools and staff to provide a safe learning environment in all of our schools. In addition to being a mentor and good role model for the students, Officer Phelps will provide valuable resources to school staff and will foster a positive relationship with the students. He will also be present throughout the year at different school and sporting events.
Officer Phelps will present numerous topics throughout the school year including:
Teen dating violence
Discussion on the dangers of drugs and alcohol
Please visit the Norwell Public Schools website at norwellschools.org for Officer Phelps contact information.
Norwell Police Department extends a warm “Welcome Back” to students, teachers and school staff and wish everyone a successful and rewarding year.
Sign Up Here
The Norwell Emergency Management Team has implemented the CodeRED system, a high-speed emergency notification service. CodeRED is a free service that will allow emergency officials to notify residents and businesses by telephone, cell phone, text message, email and social media regarding time-sensitive general and emergency notifications. Only authorized officials have access to the CodeRED system. Any message regarding the safety, property or welfare of the community will be disseminated using the CodeRED system. We encourage you to register your cell phone for this service and to verify your home location during the enrollment process so we may target notifications that directly impact your home or business. If you are currently signed up for CodeRED, you don’t need to enroll again.
Frequently asked Code Red Questions
Did you know that 75% of child safety seats are installed incorrectly. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security has set-up more than 150 Child Safety Seat Inspection Sites throughout the state. Drivers can ensure their seat is installed correctly free of charge by visiting one of the many conveniently located sites.
The Highway Safety Division has produced two public service announcements which are running on local television until September 19th. Please help us get this important information out to the citizens of Norwell by posting the PSA Links to your web site and/or social media pages. Citizens can find more information by visiting www.mass.gov/childsafetyseats or calling the toll-free Child Passenger Safety Hotline at 1-877-392-5956.
Child Safety Seats - English version
Child Safety Seats Spanish version
PREVENTING CAR BREAK-INS
Crime Prevention Officer - Sean Sutton
Norwell Police Announces The Department's Participation in
The Lojack SafetyNet Program
Massachusetts Child Passenger Safety Law requires that all children riding in passenger motor vehicles must be in a Federally-approved child passenger restraint that is properly fastened and secured until they are 8 years old or over 57 inches tall. All other occupants not in this category must wear a safety belt, which is properly adjusted and fastened according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Norwell Police Department can assist with inspections and proper installation of child safety seats. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Norwell Police Department at (781) 659-7979. There are day and evening appointments available. Please remember to buckle up for safety. Seat belts save lives!
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CHILD PASSENGER RESTRAINT INSTALLATION
Norwell Police Department is committed to child safety. As part of this commitment we offer child seat installations. There is no fee for this professional service. Norwell Police Officers Bryan Resnick and William Crowley are certified in Child Passenger Safety installations to assist with inspections and ensure proper installation of child safety seats. They can also assist with educating parents and guardians about how to correctly use their children’s seats.
Children must be properly restrained in order to decrease the likelihood that they will suffer serious injury in the event of a vehicle collision. Massachusetts Child Passenger Safety Law requires that all children riding in passenger motor vehicles must be in a Federally-approved child passenger restraint that is properly fastened and secured until they are 8 years old or over 57 inches tall. All other occupants not in this category must wear a safety belt, which is properly adjusted and fastened according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Norwell Police Department at (781) 659-7979. There are day and evening appointments available. Please remember to buckle up for safety.
Norwell Police Department
300A washington Street
Norwell, Massachusetts 02061