American Falls Police Department

  • Agency: American Falls Police Department
  • Address: 540 N Oregon Trail, American Falls, 83211 ID
  • Chief: Brandon Wilkinson (Chief of Police)
Phone: 208-226-5922
Fax: 226-7709

American Falls Police Department is located at 540 N Oregon Trail, American Falls, 83211 ID. The Chief of Police of the department is Brandon Wilkinson. The American Falls Police Department phone number is 208-226-5922.

American Falls Police Department News

If they want you to pay in gift cards, ITS A SCAM.

Anatomy of a fake check scam September 5, 2018 by Colleen Tressler Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Fake checks drive many types of scams – like those involving phony prize wins, fake jobs, mystery shoppers, online classified ad sales, and others. In a fake check scam, a person you don’t know asks you to deposit a check – sometimes for several thousand dollars and usually for more than what you are owed – and wire some of the money back to that person. The scammers always have a good story to explain the overpayment – they’re stuck out of the country, they need you to cover taxes or fees, you need to buy supplies, or something else. But by the time your bank discovers you’ve deposited a bad check, the scammer already has the money you sent, and you’re stuck paying the rest of the check back to the bank. The Federal Trade Commission receives tens of thousands of reports each year about fake checks. Over the last three years, the number of complaints has steadily increased, and so have the dollars lost. The FTC’s new infographic, developed with the American Bankers Association Foundation, offers some tip-offs to rip-offs and what to do if you get a check from someone you don’t know. Please share this information with others. Victims may be embarrassed to talk about their experiences, but you can help. A simple phone call, email or text, saying “Look what I just found” and sharing this information may make a difference in someone else’s life.

These calls are still going around. Make sure you make your family members, especially your elderly family members aware of these kind of calls. Always verify before sending any money. Scammers create fake emergencies to get your money July 3, 2018 by Carol Kando-Pineda Attorney, Division of Consumer and Business Education “I lost my wallet and ID. I’m stranded — please wire money.” “Your grandson is being held in jail. He needs bail money right away.” Scammers try to trick you into thinking a loved one is in trouble. They call, text, email, or send messages on social media about a supposed emergency with a family member or friend. They ask you to send money immediately. To make their story seem real, they may claim to be an authority figure, like a lawyer or police officer; they may have or guess at facts about your loved one. These imposters may insist that you keep quiet about their demand for money to keep you from checking out their story and identifying them as imposters. But no matter how real or urgent this seems — it’s a scam. If you get a call or message like this, what to do? Check it out before you act. Look up that friend or family’s phone number yourself. Call them or another family member to see what’s happening. Even if the person who contacted you told you not to. Don’t pay. Don’t wire money, send a check, overnight a money order, or pay with a gift card or cash reload card. Anyone who demands payment in these ways is always, always, always a scammer. These payment methods are like giving cash — and nearly untraceable, unless you act almost immediately. If you sent money to a family emergency scammer, contact the company you used to send the money (wire transfer service, bank, gift card company, or cash reload card company) and tell them it was a fraudulent transaction. Ask to have the transaction reversed, if possible. Report the message or call at FTC.gov/complaint.

Avoiding tech support scams July 16, 2018 by Carol Kando-Pineda Attorney, Division of Consumer and Business Education You’re working on your computer when, suddenly, a message pops up on the screen: “Virus detected! Call now for a free security scan and to repair your device.” That’s a tech support scam. Don’t call, text, or email. Legit tech support companies don’t operate that way. Scammers pose as big-name companies and use pop-up messages, fake websites, and phone calls to trick you into thinking your computer has an urgent problem. Their plan is to get your money by selling you worthless software, enrolling you in fake programs, or getting you to pay for useless tech support. The scammers urge you to call a toll-free number immediately, threatening that you may lose personal data if you don’t. When you call, the scammer might ask you to give them remote access, pretend to run a diagnostic test, or tell you they’ve found a virus or other security issue. They try to sell you a security subscription or other “services” that range from worthless (for instance, they’re available for free elsewhere) to malicious (they install dangerous software that can help them steal your personal information.) What should you do? If you get a pop-up to call a number to fix a virus on your computer, ignore it. Your computer is almost certainly fine. But if you’re concerned about your computer, call your security software company directly — and don’t use the phone number in the pop-up or on caller ID. Use a number you know is real, like the one on a software package or your receipt. Tech support scammers like to place online ads pretending to be legitimate companies, so be sure you have the correct telephone number for the real tech company before calling. And if someone asks you to pay for anything — including tech support services — with a gift card, cash reload card, or a wire transfer, that’s a scam. No legitimate company will tell you to pay that way. If you see that, report it at FTC.gov/complaint.

Scammers create fake emergencies to get your money July 3, 2018 by Carol Kando-Pineda Attorney, Division of Consumer and Business Education “I lost my wallet and ID. I’m stranded — please wire money.” “Your grandson is being held in jail. He needs bail money right away.” Scammers try to trick you into thinking a loved one is in trouble. They call, text, email, or send messages on social media about a supposed emergency with a family member or friend. They ask you to send money immediately. To make their story seem real, they may claim to be an authority figure, like a lawyer or police officer; they may have or guess at facts about your loved one. These imposters may insist that you keep quiet about their demand for money to keep you from checking out their story and identifying them as imposters. But no matter how real or urgent this seems — it’s a scam. If you get a call or message like this, what to do? Check it out before you act. Look up that friend or family’s phone number yourself. Call them or another family member to see what’s happening. Even if the person who contacted you told you not to. Don’t pay. Don’t wire money, send a check, overnight a money order, or pay with a gift card or cash reload card. Anyone who demands payment in these ways is always, always, always a scammer. These payment methods are like giving cash — and nearly untraceable, unless you act almost immediately. If you sent money to a family emergency scammer, contact the company you used to send the money (wire transfer service, bank, gift card company, or cash reload card company) and tell them it was a fraudulent transaction. Ask to have the transaction reversed, if possible. Report the message or call at FTC.gov/complaint. Share this video to help servicemembers and their families avoid family imposter scams.

IRS Phone Scam

Thank you for all your help. The child has been found.

Be aware of and stay clear of the moose on the bike path in the marina area.

FOUND OWNER Thanks for all your help——Does anyone know who this dog belongs to? Has been in the area of Hillcrest and Lee St for about 3 days and we can’t get ahold of it.

Just reminding AF dog owners to come get your dog tags while they are 1/2 off during month of December.

Dog Tags on sale now at AF City Hall for 1/2 price during month of December for 2018. Bring in your documentation of spay/neuter to get your dog tag for $5. If not fixed or you do not have documentation its still only $10 (regularly $20).

LOOKING FOR OWNER of black and white female cat that was injured on Roosevelt here in American Falls on Sunday November 12th. Contact AFPD for more info 208-226-5922

If you are a victim of a scam that had you Western Union money you may qualify.

Animal Control picked up a couple of Boxers. If they are your's or if you know where they belong contact us with a description of them 208-226-5922.

Lt. Jones met Noah with Noah's March Foundation. Good Luck Noah on your March for a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Find his information at www.noahsmarch.com

Scheduled Power Outage for most of American Falls Residents

TIME IS RUNNING OUT--2017 Dog Licenses are 1/2 price thru the month of December at City Hall. You must have documentation stating dog is spayed/neutered to get tag for $5. A not spayed/neutered or do not have documentation is $10.