Provincetown to host Community Response Forum on Hate Crimes; Orleans, Eastham Police warn of email and telephone scams

Provincetown to host Community Response Forum on Hate Crimes

PROVINCETOWN - The Provincetown No Place for Hate Committee and the Board ofSelectmen will co-host a community response forum on Hate Crimes at 6p.m., on Sunday, June 28, 2009, at Larkin Hall at the Center forCoastal Studies on Prince Street. This type of meeting is a successfulfollow-up strategy used by communities that have experienced hatecrimes.

Maura Healey, Chief of the Civil Rights Division,Attorney General’s Office will provide information on MassachusettsHate Crime Laws and the role of her office in investigating andprosecuting hate crimes.

Representatives of the Anti-Defamation League’s New England Region will describe the “No Place for Hate”program and its role in promoting safe and diverse communities bycombating hate and intolerance.  Members of the local No Place For HateCommittee will be available to discuss Provincetown projects.

Sgt.Carrie Lopes, Provincetown Civil Rights Officer, will provideinformation about the department policy and protocol for investigatinghate crimes. She will also explain how the police-community partnershipworks in combating hate crimes to keep our town safe for everyone.

Thisforum will allow the community to send a united message against hateand reinforce our signature slogan “Haters Watch What Leaders Do.” Theforum will inform the public about hate crimes, hate incidents, andprevention. It will also allow Provincetown to celebrate its safe,inclusive and diverse community.

Please join us at thecommunity response forum as Provincetown continues its progressive andproactive leadership regarding hate crimes. Help us send the messagethat Provincetown is “No Place for Hate.”

Release courtesy of the Provincetown Police Department.

Orleans PD warns of UPS email scam, telephone jury duty scam

ORLEANS - The Orleans Police Department is alerting citizens to two separate scams, one via email, the other via telephone that seem to be occurring with increasing regularity.

UPS Scam:  An email is sent stating that they were unable to deliver an important package marked urgent. The body of the email will include a message that states if "you do not respond to this e-mail", by clicking on the hyperlink, "this package will be sent back to the sender".

If you open the attached link there is a chance that your computer will be infected by a virus, or the scammers will be able to collect sensitive information by having you "verify" who you are, by providing vital information.

If you receive this e-mail, forward it to: [email protected].

Jury Duty Scam:  This insidious scam involves a call from a "court officer", reportedly from your local jurisdiction, indicating that you missed your date for jury duty and there is now a warrant for your arrest. When you advise (rightfully) that you had not received any documentation about jury duty, they will request personal information from you to clear your warrant- to verify who you are- including your social security number, date of birth, and even your credit card number.  This has been verified as a scam through Snopes.com.

Both of these scams are intended to obtain vital information to be used in identity theft.  Of you have been a victim of either of these scams, notify your local police department and file a report.  Additional information is available here, by following the links to "identity theft".

Release courtesy of the Orleans Police Department.

Eastham Police investigate possible phone scam

EASTHAM - Eastham Police are investigating several complaints of phone calls soliciting money on behalf of the Eastham Firemen's Association.  The group making these phone calls is requesting that people make check donations payable to the "Firefighters Burn Fund."

Despite their claims, this group is not associated with the Eastham Fire Department or the Eastham Firemen's Association in any way. 

Any questions or complaints should be directed to the Eastham Police Department.  The department will continue to investigate this matter.

Release courtesy of the Eastham Police Department. 

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