Tuesday, May 20, 2014

May. 14, 2014

Incident Date:
Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

The next community meeting at Ingleside Station will be held on May 20, 2014.  Thank you.

Southwest Community Corporation
I.T. Bookman Community Center
446 Randolph Street
San Francisco, CA  94132

Foreclosure Prevention and Assistance Town Hall
Saturday, May 24, 2014
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
I.T. Bookman Community Center
446 Randolph Street @ Arch
(Doors Open at 10:30 a.m.)

Panel Discussion by Invited Guests
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Madame JFK Generational Wealth Management Attorney
Don Evans and Associates, Forensic Foreclosure Expert
Faye Rubin, Legal Shield Representative
ACCE-Association of Californians for Community Empowerment
Tiffany R. Norman, tm Law Associates (Homeowner’s Bill of Rights)
Eviction Defense Collaborative

One-on-One counseling, 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
First Come/First Served (Provider Line-Up Subject to Change)

Get Help Before, During and After Foreclosure!
Take Action to Save Your Home!
Fraud Alert: We have noticed a dramatic rise in a specific type of fraud case over the past four week period.

A person calling San Francisco residents identifying himself as a San Francisco deputy sheriff tells victims that he called regarding some sort of violation unknown by the victim and required money immediately to remedy the situation.  For example, on numerous occasions, the “deputy” stated he worked in the warrants division and required several hundred dollars from residents to clear up old warrants or else another deputy would arrive at the residents’ address to arrest them.  The “deputy” required victims to go to a local drug store, such as CVS, Walgreen’s, etc. to obtain a GreenDot MoneyPak (a pre-paid debit card used for in-store or online purchases) and load the card with several hundred to several thousand dollars.  The “deputy” told residents to call back once they obtain the pre-paid debit card, scratch off the gray box to reveal the access codes then read the code to the “deputy” over the telephone.

As time went on over the past four weeks, we noticed that the amount “required” by the “deputy” increased from a couple of hundred dollars to several thousands of dollars.  As the caller tested the local response, he became more confident in this scam.

We have also received similar reports with the caller identifying himself as an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The “FBI agent” states that victims need to send him pre-paid debit card information via telephone or else victims will be placed under arrest.

Related to these crime, but with a much wider scope, are people identifying themselves as Internal Revenue Service employees.  These “employees” claim that victims owed massive sums of money in back taxes and required immediate funds – again, through use of pre-paid debit cards – to remedy the situation or face immediate arrest.  In one instance, the “IRS employee” required the victim to purchase an $8000 Reload it pre-paid debit card and provide the card’s access information via telephone.

These are all illegal confidence schemes.  The callers are confidence men, better known as con artists.

If you receive any such solicitations via telephone, please do your best to note the phone number used, time of day, the name the caller identifies him/herself as, and anything distinguishable about his or her voice.

Be advised that neither the Sheriff’s Department nor federal government solicit funds related to criminal justice matters via telephone calls and any outreach regarding such matters would be made in person or through post office correspondence.

If you feel that you were the victim of such scams, please contact the police immediately.  While being duped out of money by fear of arrest can be embarrassing to admit, this is happening to your families, friends and neighbors.  Do not be a silent victim.

Our Fraud unit is aware of – and investigating – this ongoing scam.  The Fraud unit can be reached at 415-553-1521 Monday thru Friday during normal business hours.

Please contact the police at 415-553-0123 if you have received a phone call from such a con artist.  You can also contact the Federal Trade Commission for IRS-related scams at http://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov.

The San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) is free training from the San Francisco Fire Department in how to help yourself and your neighbors prepare for and respond to a disaster by working together. The 20-hour training, taught by First Responders, includes personal preparedness, light search and rescue, disaster medicine, shutting off your utilities, and how to participate as a member of a neighborhood response team.  NERT also offers continuing training for graduates and activities that support building robust neighborhood teams.  For more information, visit the NERT website at http://sfgov.org//sffdnert, or contact Lt. Erica Arteseros at (415)970-2022 or sffdnert@sfgov.org


Are you someone who is interested in disaster preparedness and wants to help out your community while working hand in hand with law enforcement? Then the ALERT program is for you!    
                                            What is the A.L.E.R.T. Program?

The San Francisco Police Department has developed a volunteer citizen disaster preparedness program. The Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) is modeled after and works in partnership with the San Francisco Fire Department's Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT). The ALERT program will train members of the public to assist law enforcement in essential tasks after a major disaster. Such tasks may include: traffic control, foot patrol of business and residential areas, and reporting criminal activity. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and live, work, or attend high school in San Francisco.

Three steps to becoming an
A.L.E.R.T. volunteer:
1. Complete NERT training and receive certification. To register for NERT training courses please visit www.sfgov.org/sfnert
2. Once NERT certified, forward a copy of your NERT ID card to the ALERT program. sfpdalert@sfov.org
3. After clearing a basic background check the individual is eligible to register for ALERT training.

Heat wave:  Many residents are leaving their windows and doors open in an effort to keep cooler as the temperature increases during these gorgeous sunny days. Be extra careful, especially when you leave your home, paying attention to secure the windows and doors when you leave. Burglars are always looking for the easiest way inside your home. Don’t give them the opportunity for the easy access. Make sure to secure these entry points and leave them locked when you are not around. A third of all the burglaries committed in the Ingleside district during the month of April were due to open garages and unlocked or open windows. Also, remember to keep hydrated with lots of water!!

Crime Alert: As of the start of April ‘2014 there has been an increase in auto boostings in the Noe Valley, Glen Park and Bernal Heights Area. Ingleside officers have stepped up patrol in these areas but, we ask you that you do your part to prevent from being a victim. Take extra precautions to avoid a criminal from window-shopping inside your car. Never give them a reason to break into your car and steal your belongings. Try to park in a well lit area and always lock your doors and secure your windows. Never leave possessions in plain view and never leave important documents inside your car that contain personal information. Remember, if a criminal is unsuccessful and is not benefitting from his criminal activity, the thief will move on, thus making your neighborhood less of a target.


No Incidents to Report.

Serious Incidents:

10:00am     Bosworth/Elk                Robbery
A woman on her way to work was the victim of a robbery on board a MUNI bus. The victim told Officers Nelson and Fung that she boarded the bus and took a seat near the rear exit doors. When the bus stopped at Bosworth and Elk, an unknown suspect grabbed her phone and ran off the bus. The victim said she tried to hold onto her phone, but couldn’t and during the process she injured her hands. Other passengers who witnessed the incident told the officers that the suspect was watching her during the bus ride. Medics were summoned to treat the victim’s injury to her hand.  Report number: 140403431

10:30pm     300 Blk Silver               Theft
A similar incident aboard a MUNI bus took place today at 10:30 in the evening. Officers Ocreto and Khan responded and spoke to the victim who said she was riding a MUNI bus when it came to a stop at Silver and Lisbon Street. An unknown suspect, who was standing next to her, near the rear doors, grabbed her cell phone from her left hand and ran off of the bus. The victim chased after the suspect but lost him in the area. The victim eventually made it home where she called the police to make a police report. The victim was not injured. Report Number: 140405681

Vehicle and Other Incidents:

  6:30am           1900 Blk Sunnydale                 Burglary
  9:37am          100 Blk Curtis                          Recovered Vehicle
10:00am           200 Blk Holladay                     Stolen Motorcycle
12:35pm           3300 Blk Mission                     Trespassing
  1:29pm           500 Blk Miramar                      Battery
  2:30pm           200 Blk Curtis                          Hit and Run
  6:30pm           Unit Blk Kelloch                       Traffic Collision
  7:50pm           Mission/Mt Vernon                   Vandalism to Vehicle
  9:50pm           100 Blk Capistrano                  Battery
10:00pm           500 Blk Excelsior                     Stolen Vehicle

Burglaries with suspect description:

No Incidents to Report.