Tower Lakes Police Department is located at 400 N IL Route 59, Tower Lakes, 60010 IL. The Chief of Police of the department is Samuel P. Sinacore. The Tower Lakes Police Department phone number is 847-526-0444.
Justice Department Coordinates Nationwide Elder Fraud Sweep of More Than 250 Defendants The Department of Justice (DOJ) and law enforcement partners recently announced the largest coordinated sweep of elder fraud cases in history which included over 250 defendants from around the world. More than a million Americans fell victim to the schemes, most of whom were elderly. Some examples of the different type of scams include: Mass-mailing scams promise consumers good fortune or wealth in exchange for a formal acceptance of payment. Lottery phone scams convince consumers to pay a large fee or taxes before they can receive winnings. Grandparent scams convince seniors that their grandchildren have been arrested and need bail money. IRS impostor scams persuade consumers to believe that they owe back taxes by impersonating IRS agents. The DOJ reports that older adults lose approximately $36.5 billion annually to elder financial abuse. In this recent sweep of elder fraud abuse, the DOJ estimates that $500 million was lost due to those involved in these scams. Read the DOJ press release here for more information.
FedEx Malware / Spam e-mail. Please do not open any e-mails from FedEx with shipping or tracking information. If you click on the link it runs a virus on your computer which can only removed by reinstalling your operating system. Please be very cautious when receiving e-mail that you are not expecting, and never click on any attached files or links in the e-mail. This would be a good time to remember to do a system backup of your personal computers. Remember that time change is this Sunday at 2am. Contributed by Officer Moravac
More than 200 laws will take effect thanks to actions by Illinois citizens and activists working with lawmakers: improvements, refinements and updates to reflect changing times and needs. These are the most interesting new laws to give you a quick overview of what's coming your way. 10. Sticker shock or driving hazard? Those great deals might get you onto the lot, but a new law makes sure stickers, decals, paperwork and other items that may obstruct your view are off the windshield and windows before you drive away. The new law also includes test-drives. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said the bill stems from the death of Brendan Burke, who was killed in a crash by someone who was test-driving a vehicle that had decals and paperwork blocking his view. HB733 Sen. Cristina Castro 9. Gift of Life Hundreds of Illinoisans are waiting for life-saving organ transplants. A new state law gives 16- and 17-year olds the option of signing up to be organ and tissue donors when they apply for a driver's license or identification card. HB1805 Sen. Mattie Hunter 8. Expelled from preschool? Early childhood programs will need to find services to help young children resolve problems rather than simply kicking them out. HB2663 Sen. Kimberly Lightford 7. Personal security in the internet age: Intimidation, stalking, cyber- stalking or transmission of obscene messages could be considered hate crimes. HB3711 Sen. Omar Aquino A related measure expands cyberstalking penalties to cover tracking software and threats. HB3251 Sen. Tom Cullerton 6. Happy Obama Day August 4 is our 44th President's birthday. It's also now Barack Obama Day in Illinois to honor the Chicagoan's historic election and two terms in the White House. SB55 Sen. Emil Jones, III 5. A call for empowerment: Domestic violence victims won't have to pay to break cell phone contracts and can keep their numbers when they leave their abusers. A new law lets them keep their number and save the related costs for a new account. SB57 Sen. Steve Stadelman 4. Know what you're paying for: Women often end up paying more than men for dry cleaning, haircuts and other services. A new state law requires price lists for standard services so customers can make more informed decisions. SB298 Sen. Melinda Bush 3. Divorce goes to the dogs: When pets are considered marital assets, who gets custody can become part of the proceedings. SB1261 Sen. Linda Holmes - Starting in 2018, divorcing couples in Illinois who can't agree on who keeps the pet will have a judge decide. Traditionally, companion animals are treated more like property to be divvied up between the couple. But officials say, with the rise of two-income, childless families, the issue of pet custody has been appearing in courtrooms more and more often. So starting January 1st, judges will have clear guidance when deciding whether to award sole custody to one pet parent or mandate they share custody. Factors will include things like who takes care of the pet on a day-to-day basis and who spends more money on things like food or vaccinations. ABC News Chicago
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This post is a little long, but if you have younger kids (12 to 16), who use social media, you should be aware of this new app called Yellow. Yellow is an app that describes itself as “a new social to make new friends and spend time with them with chat and live videos.” Yellow does much more than that, it is the Tinder for teens: an app that allows teens to meet strangers and indicate if they are interested in meeting them in person. How it works The mobile phone app is free to download. To create a Yellow profile, users must enter their Snapchat username, and give their first name, gender and date of birth. Users can then choose who they would like to connect with; boys, girls or both. Finally, users can then upload a profile picture and up to 5 other photos. The design of the app is similar to Tinder and encourages users to describe themselves using emoji’s, a feature that would appeal to younger users. Yellow uses location technology to find other users nearby, therefore anyone who wishes to sign-up must enable their location on their device. This brings up obvious risks for young people sharing their location online. Users also have the option to connect their Instagram account to their Yellow profile. (Webwise, 2017) Teens using the Yellow app swipe right if they see someone they want to connect with and swipe left if they are not interested. This is the same method used by Tinder users to facilitate “hook-ups.” If both Yellow users swipe right on each other, their Snapchat identities are automatically added to their Yellow contact lists. Once the connection is made, the users can message each other though Yellow or through Snapchat. And, as we know, Snapchat messages can be deleted before parents are aware of their contents. What makes the Yellow app so concerning is that it embodies one of the most dangerous aspects of social media: It allows teens the ability to easily meet people (strangers) outside their parent’s sphere of knowledge or control. If that did not sound dangerous enough, Yellow is matching you with another person geographically near them, facilitating face-to-face meetings. Yellow also connects to one of the most popular apps for teens: Snapchat. Snapchat (Cyber Safety Cop does not recommend minors use Snapchat) allows users to send each other photos and videos that disappear after a few seconds, something that has previously caused concern with parents around sexting. Age Restrictions Yellow is rated 12+ on iTunes for: Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor, Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References, Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity, and Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes. Reporting tools Users can report other profiles, this can be done simply by clicking on the flag icon in the top left corner of the profile you wish to report. The app will then ask users to select a reason for the report from a list of options. Privacy and Terms of Service At the time of writing this article there was no clear information available on the Yellow website or in the within the app about terms of service and privacy, which is concerning. This is not unusual, as new apps scramble to get out on the market, app creators tend to deal with safety issues as they arise rather than in the design phase. We always recommend reading terms of service and privacy information before downloading any app. Advice for parents It is important for parents to be aware of what apps and social networks their child is using. Yellow app is not safe for children of any age. We are very disappointed Yellow is rated 12+, a more appropriate rating would be 17+. Yellow, like all apps, does not have an age verification. Parents should be using parental controls on their child’s device and password protect their child’s ability to download apps.
I think the Chief is on a mission........................
Just wanted to say that Commander Colasuomo stopped me today, gave me a ticket for an expired license plate on a trailer. You may not hear this very much, but he was very polite, courteous, and just seemed to be a genuinely nice guy. Wanted to let you know this, these all all people want to talk about is negativity, keep up the good work and stay safe! Thank you!
Over the last two weeks, there has been an upsurge of burglary to motor vehicles and dwellings have taken place within several northern suburbs. The majority of vehicles or homes burglarized were unlocked and targeted by thieves looking for an easy score. The subjects who commit these acts often find their mark by walking the streets at night, pulling on the door handles of vehicles until an unlocked door is found. Once inside a car or house, it takes only a matter of seconds for your hard-earned valuables to be taken. The most commonly taken items are cash/coins, telephones, sunglasses, prescription medication, and car keys. At least seven motor vehicle thefts have occurred as a result of keys that were found in unlocked vehicles. The Tower Lakes Police Department reminds residents of how to avoid becoming the next burglary victim: Always lock the windows and doors of your home and automobile. Report suspicious activity. Call the police if you see anyone loitering around a home or vehicle, pulling on door handles, or otherwise acting suspiciously. Take your keys with you! Never leave your keys or key fob (including spares) unattended inside the vehicle, especially not in the ignition. House keys should not be in plain view. Be mindful of where you park. Choose well-lit, visible, and busy areas. Ready any alarm system in your home or anti-theft device on your vehicle. Mark valuables with your driver's license number or some other identifying info so if recovered, they can be returned to you. Make a police report; if you are the victim of a burglary, even if nothing or only insignificant items were taken. This will help us track crime patterns and apprehend the persons responsible.
FLOODING AND NATURAL DISASTER COME OUT OF NOWHERE Everybody is in a state of chaos. They want to give they want to help and you get your pocket picked. When working with contractors. Never pay cash. Get a contract. Find out what materials they're going to use. Get deadlines Get three estimates. Watch out for FEMA Impersonators. A FEMA representative will have an ID badge, a vest, and will be completely open and honest and will never ask for money. If you're looking for a new vehicle, watch out for one that has been flooded. "Number one, believe it or not, a musty smell. That's first. If they've aired that out, you want to look for unusual surface rust patterns where it shouldn't be, like on the interior. You want to turn on your ignition switch and make sure all your gauges light up. You want to check the wires under the dash board and make sure they're still soft. If they're hard and crispy, it’s been underwater Check the title history to be safe. People are not quite ready for the amount of scamming that's going to come in the wake of these disasters.
AlphaBay and Hansa dark web markets shut down Two of the largest dark web marketplaces have been shut down following a "landmark" international law enforcement investigation. The AlphaBay and Hansa sites had been associated with the trade in illicit items such as drugs, weapons, malware and stolen data. According to Europol, there were more than 250,000 listings for illegal drugs and toxic chemicals on AlphaBay. Hansa was seized and covertly monitored for a month before being deactivated. The agency said it believed the bust would lead to hundreds of new investigations in Europe. "The capability of drug traffickers and other serious criminals around the world has taken a serious hit today," said Europol's executive director Rob Wainwright. It was a "landmark" operation, according to US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director Andrew McCabe. AlphaBay has been offline since early July, fuelling suspicions among users that a law enforcement crackdown had taken place. 'You cannot hide' "We know of several Americans who were killed by drugs on AlphaBay," said US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "One victim was just 18 years old when in February she overdosed on a powerful synthetic opioid which she had bought on AlphaBay." He also said a 13-year-old boy died after overdosing on a synthetic opioid bought by a high school classmate via the site. Mr Sessions cautioned criminals from thinking that they could evade prosecution by using the dark web: "You cannot hide," he said, "We will find you."
Did you know that legitimate computer companies will never contact computer users via pop-up screens or telephone calls? Here are a few tips if you get a pop-up warning: • Never call the toll-free phone number provided. • Do Not Click anywhere in the pop-up window. • Close the browser from the task bar or the task manager. • Reboot your computer by turning it off and back on. • If all else fails, take the computer to an authorized computer store.
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Blue Whale Challenge Attention: Safety Alert July 7, 2017 Tower Lakes Police would like to bring to your attention as parents to monitor their children’s social media activity for a new game that challenges participants to harm themselves. The game, “Blue Whale Challenge,” is very concerning” for targeting a “very vulnerable population.” A new online trend called the Blue Whale Challenge is goading young teens into killing themselves. The viral craze has reportedly been linked to 130 deaths in Russia and is starting to spread all over the world. “The Blue Whale Challenge is an app that instructs its participants (many preteens) to carry out increasingly dangerous tasks and self-harm over 50 days,” “Users are encouraged to tag friends on social media and ‘challenge’ them to participate in the game.” According to a USA Today article from earlier this year, challenges start with something as simple as watching a scary movie. But the tasks escalate to things like cutting, and by the 50th day participants are supposed to commit suicide. Social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube can be used for the game. Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about any new games or challenges their friends may be playing. We encouraged parents to search their children’s social media accounts for use of the #BlueWhaleChallenge hashtag or photos of a blue whale. “This post is not meant to alarm anyone, but rather to encourage parents to be proactive in protecting their children from potential negative influences on the internet. Once a player is in, a group administrator assigns daily tasks to members in a span of 50 days. The tasks include horrific acts such as inflicting self-harm, watching horror movies and waking up at unusual hours at night. Every time a player completes a task, he/she must send a photo or video for proof. Each day, the tasks get more and more extreme. On the 50th day, players are told to kill themselves. If a player refuses to commit suicide, the administrator will threaten to expose all the information acquired during the game or inflict harm on their loved ones. Even though the game is thought to have originated in Russia, it has reportedly spread to other countries including Ukraine, Spain, Portugal, Argentina and France. A postman named Ilya Sidorov was arrested in Russia in June after he was alleged to be the one operating the sick suicide game. Sidorov confessed to coaxing members of an online death group into killing themselves. He is said to be responsible for the deaths of as many as 32 teens. Sidorov is not the sole supervisor of the said game. Various online groups reportedly operate under the same scheme. The police in various countries are still in search of others who are linked to the said suicide groups. Countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States have issued memos to parents and students to prevent similar incidents from happening.
Laced Gummy Bears - July 7, 2017 ALERT Police in Indiana reported that 11 teenagers became ill and had to be hospitalized after they consumed gummy bears reportedly laced with THC, a substance associated with and found in marijuana. “All complained of rapid heart rate, pain in their legs and blurred vision; several were suffering from hallucinations. Police were able to determine that the gummy bears were in fact laced with THC, also known as tetrahydrocannabinol, a substance found in marijuana. According to the sheriff’s office, a deputy determined that they each ate one half of a gummy bear that supposedly contained THC. All of the teens were from Fishers, and they are believed to have been staying at a relative’s home. Nine of the teens are 18-years-old and two were 19-years-old; six were males and five were females. Two of the patients were tested and were found to have high levels of THC in their system. Police are still trying to determine where the teens got the drugs.
Jennifer Mazz Mazzolini (Photographer) Kathy Deka (Photographer)
Jennifer Mazz Mazzolini (Photographer) Kathy Deka (Photographer)
TOWER LAKES POLICE DEPARTMENT CRIME ALERT The Tower Lakes Police Department is alerting residents to be vigilant in the prevention of ruse burglaries. Recently there have been an increase of ruse burglaries in surrounding areas. A ruse burglary is a crime in which someone distracts the homeowner or gains entry by means of deception while a second person enters the home and looks for things to steal, typically jewelry and cash. Police are reminding residents to not allow strangers access to their yard, home or garage. Residents are urged to request Village identification from any non-uniformed persons identifying themselves as a Village employee seeking access to their property. Call 911 immediately to report any suspicious people or vehicles that are parked in the neighborhoods. You may also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any helpful information on suspicious activity occurring in your neighborhood. Ruse burglaries are a favorite method of operation for residential burglary and often prey on senior citizens. Residents should be wary of anyone using the following statements: • "I work for the Water Department." • "I did work for you in the past... “ • "Do you remember me ...” • 'Tm here to check your property lines for a new fence ... " • "Does he/she still live here?" • "I'm doing some work in the neighborhood ... " • "I work for the Village of Tower Lakes ... " Residents are advised to take these precautions: • Don't let strangers into your home. • Keep your doors locked. • Don't go outside or into the backyard with a stranger. • Don't give out personal information. If you have any suspicions, never hesitate to contact the police department immediately. Samuel P. Sinacore Chief of Police
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Where to file complaints-and what will happen then........... GUESS WHAT the most frequent Google search related to scams is. According to Google, it's simply "How do I report a scam?" The answer, of course, isn't simple. Fraudsters can't be stopped unless their schemes are reported. For scams perpetrated by shady contractors and front-door solicitors, contact local police and your state attorney general or district attorney. For other scams, here's a guide to which federal watchdog agency should get your complaints. Depending on your scam, there may be several. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION jtc.gov/complaint 877-382-4357 This is the agency for reporting identity theft, abusive debt collectors and most types of fraud. After filing a complaint, you'll get a reference number to use when contacting the agency for future updates. The FTC received more than 3 million complaints in 2015, and it does not routinely respond back to you or resolve your individual case. Rather, your complaints will be entered into a database that the FTC and some 2,000 civil and criminal enforcement agencies use to track scam patterns and build cases against specific con artists. Fraud complaints should also be filed with your state's attorney general and even local law enforcement authorities. NATIONAL DO NOT CALL REGISTRY donotcall.gov, 888-382-1222 For reporting unsolicited sales calls. Start by putting your phone number on this registry. Once yours has been there for at least 31 days, you can report unwanted calls. Your information will be pooled with other data to help catch violators. Note that calls from legitimate charities, survey firms, debt collectors and political candidates or parties are not covered by the Do Not Call rules. CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU consumer.finance.gov/complaint 855-411-2372 For complaints about shady business practices and financial products, including loans, bank services, credit reporting, ID theft, debt collection and payment cards. The CFPB forwards complaints to the company, which has 15 days to respond. Cases are supposed to be resolved within 60 days. You can check the status of your case via the CFPB website. For credit cards and bank-issued ATM and debit cards that are used fraudulently, lost or stolen, contact the issuer. INTERNET CRIME COMPLAINT CENTER ic3.gov/complaint For reporting internet-based scams, including online auctions; investment and sales fraud; internet extortion, hacking and phishing; and scam emails. Operated by the FBI, the IC3 forwards complaint information to appropriate law enforcement or regulatory agencies, but does not directly conduct investigations. POSTAL INSPECTION SERVICE postalinspectors.uspis.gov, 877-876-2455 To report scams distributed by U.S. mail, such as bogus lottery and sweepstakes "winnings" deceptive advertisements, chain-letter schemes as well as mail theft.