Law enforcement recommends common sense to thwart scammers: Sun Postings

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Over the past few months, local law enforcement has reported seeing an influx of fraud reports, primarily phone and/or email scams.

To help protect residents, the Independence Police Department is developing an in-person course that will be scheduled at the Civic Center,

In the meantime, police are urging residents not to respond to suspicious emails or phone calls. They recommend letting a call go to voicemail if you don’t know who the caller is. Also consider having a conversation with your family members to spread the word and prevent others from falling prey to scammers.

Some suggestions to keep in mind when answering phone calls:

· Never share your credit card, banking, social security, health insurance, or other personal information over the phone unless you initiated the call.

· If you don’t recognize a phone number, don’t feel guilty about letting it go to voicemail. If you answer the call, pay attention to how quickly the person on the line answers you. Often with scam calls there will be a delay after answering the phone. Also, you might hear a click as if someone has been added to the call after you answer. It’s suspicious, so don’t feel bad hanging up.

· Callers who claim that you will be prosecuted if you don’t give them money should not be trusted. Hang up and immediately call your local police department for any clarification, if necessary.

· Never listen to someone who tells you to go to a store, buy a gift card, and then call them back with the gift card information. This should raise some red flags. No government agency will ever ask someone to purchase a gift card and call back to share PIN information.

Things to remember when replying to an email message:

• Always verify the sender’s email address. This can be done by hovering over the address. If you weren’t expecting the message, check who it came from.

A corporate email address will be obvious, while a fraudulent email will not have an email address that matches the company it is supposed to come from. For example, if you received an Apple receipt for a purchase, check the sender’s email address. If it’s from [email protected], it should be legit.

Conversely, if you receive a message that your Amazon account is being closed and you are asked to click on a link from an address such as [email protected], stop and do not click. on the link. Ignore and delete the message.

Never share bank or credit card information unless you’re sure you’re talking to a legitimate source. Call your bank or credit card company’s fraud department if you have any questions or concerns.

Sometimes scammers will send you an email saying that you will be locked out of your Google, Apple or Amazon account or, if you have an iPhone, the message may threaten that your phone will be locked. Another variation is to tell someone they owe money.

Unless you can verify that the message or caller is legitimate, ignore it. Do not click on the link. Exit and delete the message.

Verify the business in question by locating a number – don’t ask the caller to provide the number – and calling the business directly to discuss the situation.

The best advice is to trust your instincts and don’t be afraid to call the police if you’ve been targeted by a scammer.

Rib’n Rock: Are you ready to Rib ‘n Rock at Parma’s 30th Annual Rib ‘n Rock Food and Music Festival? Mark your calendars from June 9 to 12 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of the Lycée de Normandie.

Presented by the Parma Region Chamber of Commerce, this year’s event will be a drive-thru. Closer to the event, visitors can view the menu and pre-order online.

The event will also include a drive-in music festival at a cost of $15 per car – no in and out privileges.

Attendees will be able to listen to music from the Normandy High School Jazz Band and Drum Line, The Brakes (blues/rock originals and covers), Gimme Sugar (Rolling Stones tribute band) and These Men Inside my Brain (Cheap Trick tribute band) .

Customers can park and enjoy the music all day. Runners will be available so that spectators can order festival food.

As a bonus, get a free ‘Parma is Home’ sign with concert admission, while supplies last.

The event is presented by the Parma City School District and the Parma Region Chamber of Commerce. Sponsors are Cuyahoga Community College, Erie Bank, Cox Business, Jerry Kuhn’s Kwik Car Wash, Dollar Bank, PPS and Let’s Entertain.

Proceeds will support the chamber’s educational and charitable trust.

Hometown Heroes: Independence’s Hometown Heroes banner program is entering its 2022 season. Each banner will honor a specific service member with Independence ties and include their name, branch of service and photo.

Banners will be displayed on the roads in Brecksville and Pleasant Valley from approximately Memorial Day until Veterans Day.

The cost is $172, which must be included with the application. Each banner will be displayed for up to two consecutive seasons. There is an optional second season for a $40 fee.

Those interested in sponsoring a Hometown Hero banner for the 2022-23 season should call Gayle Rudary at City Hall, 216-524-4131, or email [email protected]

Banner space is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.

Tax period: AARP will be at the Brooklyn Senior-Community Center from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays through April 12. Call 216-635-4222 to schedule a free appointment.

Tax assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Residency and age restrictions do not apply.

Black History Month Challenge: Citizens Bank partners with EVERFI to raise awareness and provide educational opportunities focused on Black experiences. Eleven scholarships will also be awarded during the Black History Month Challenge.

The event takes place throughout the month of February. He uses EVERFI’s African American history lessons to help high school students better understand the Black experience through education that highlights Black perspectives, successes, and struggles.

The month-long challenge, created by EVERFI, a social impact education innovator, includes four digital lessons and an essay contest in which students will share a plan to keep a year-round conversation going about black history in their community.

There will be 11 winners in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire and New York and one national winner. Each will receive a $2,500 scholarship and a new Apple MacBook Pro, courtesy of Citizens Pay.

The Black History Month Challenge is designed to inspire students by sharing stories about the Black experience in America; empower students by amplifying black perspectives across generations; elevate history as a lens to understand current events; and transform students’ perception of the world around them.

Students will explore both historical and current events and learn about the many “firsts” that black leaders have achieved in business and medicine, while featuring black professionals who have paved the way and made important contributions. to their respective sectors.

In addition to supporting the Black History Month Challenge, Citizens is working with EVERFI to help schools and teachers provide students with knowledge on financial empowerment, higher education funding, safe banking digital skills and early literacy to help them succeed in and out of the classroom.

Visit to find out more about the Black History Month Challenge.

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