The most important job on the City Council is to hear from the people in Lakeville. I look forward to discussing the issues that are most important to continue to move our community forward. I’ll be hosting my first Coffee With Your Councilman on Saturday March 4 at 9:00 AM. You can learn more here.
As I mentioned previously, I’ve been spending time with each of departments within the city to fully understand their needs as they serve the taxpayers. I’ve met with the Fire Department, Parks & Rec, Public Works, and the liquor store. I’ll continue my tours over the next few weeks.
I wanted to take a moment to share lost story of our city’s history I learned while visiting with Parks & Rec.
As part of my tour, I visited the Heritage Center. Located near downtown, the Heritage Center is a place for active adults to participate in community activities as well as house some of the Parks & Recs staff. Also at the Heritage Center is the current location of the Lakeville Area Historical Society.
Remembering the Sea Girt Inn
After some recent fraud schemes were discovered in Lakeville, the police department shared some tips and best practices to avoid being a victim of a scam. Below is the information provided by Lakeville PD:
Lakeville Police Department often receives calls with complaints of tele-scams and email scams. These scams use clever tactics to obtain personal information from victims and/or convince victims to transfer money to accounts associated with the scam.
No one is immune. Individual victims, especially the elderly, businesses and non-profits, such as places of worship, have been scammed throughout the past year.
Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to get your money back after you’ve been cheated over the phone or over email. Many of the scams use accounts that trace out of the country. We, as a local police department, don’t have the authority or ability to investigate those situations.
Even worse, some scams steal your identity, creating a litany of issues. On their website, the FBI lists some of the following tips for avoiding scam fraud. For additional information, please visit their website, www.fbi.gov.
• Always verify email addresses. Be sure to thoroughly check the address. If you don’t recognize an email address, don’t respond. Hit delete!
• Always double-check phone numbers. Verify a credit/debit card company’s number by looking at the back of your card. If you don’t have the card, search the company’s website. And remember that the IRS will NEVER call you!
• Obtain a salesperson’s name, business identity, telephone number, street address, mailing address, and business license number before you transact business. Some con artists give out false names, telephone numbers, addresses, and business license numbers. Verify the accuracy of these items
• Before you send money, ask yourself a simple question. “What guarantee do I really have that this solicitor will use my money in the manner we agreed upon?”
• Don’t pay in advance for services. Pay services only after they are delivered.
• Be wary of companies that want to send a messenger to your home to pick up money, claiming it is part of their service to you. In reality, they are taking your money without leaving any trace of who they are or where they can be reached.
• Always take your time making a decision. Legitimate companies won’t pressure you to make a snap decision.
• Don’t pay for a “free prize.” If a caller tells you the payment is for taxes, he or she is violating federal law.
• Be sure to talk over big investments offered by telephone salespeople with a trusted friend, family member, or financial advisor. It’s never rude to wait and think about an offer.
• Never respond to an offer or request you don’t understand thoroughly.
• Never send money or give out personal information such as credit card numbers and expiration dates, bank account numbers, dates of birth, or social security numbers to unfamiliar companies or unknown persons.
• Be aware that your personal information is often brokered to telemarketers through third parties.
• If you have been victimized once, be wary of persons who call offering to help you recover your losses for a fee paid in advance.
If you have information about a fraud, report it to state, local, or federal law enforcement agencies.
Each year, Betty and I drive around Lakeville to find out favorite Christmas displays.
This year, I’d like to find out who people in Lakeville think has the best Christmas display.
Is it you? Is it your neighbor?
Submit photos of your favorite display by sending me an email at email@example.com or posting in the comments on Facebook.
I’ll gather submissions for the next week and then put the pictures up for a vote.
Tonight I’ll attend my first Lakeville City Council meeting since the Election. While I won’t be sworn in until January, I want to hit the ground running.
As I mentioned during the campaign, a top priority of mine was to increase input from citizens. One way I plan on doing that, is to produce a regular newsletter of what’s happening in Lakeville.
If you’re interested in subscribing – you can sign up here: http://eepurl.com/cpHT49