Press Release - September 28, 2016

POSSESSION

9/23/16 at 0202 hours – Route 202. During a traffic stop, Scott David Fisher, 33, of Malvern, PA was charged with Unsworn Falsification to Authorities; Possession of a Controlled Substance and Paraphernalia.

POSSESSION

9/23/16 at 0305 hours – 900 block of Swedesford Road in Berwyn. Hassan Jamil Muhammad, 23, and Abdulbasir Muhammad, 21, both of Norristown, PA were charged with Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana and Paraphernalia when officers detected the odor of marijuana on both males.

POSSESSION

9/24/16 at 0335 hours – Route 202. During a traffic stop, Shawn Farrell, 22, of King of Prussia, PA was charged with Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana and Paraphernalia.

HARASSMENT

9/24/16 at 1411 hours – Teegarden Park in Berwyn. A 46 year old male from Wayne, PA was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Harassment after he was determined to be the aggressor in a dispute.

IDENTITY THEFTS/RECEIVING PACKAGES

Recently, two separate incidents were reported by homeowners who received packages in their names that they did not order. One was from Ebay and the other from Amazon.

***Police remind residents to report any suspicious packages or activity.

CHECK SCAM

9/27/16 at 1116 hours – 300 block of Bair Road in Berwyn. The homeowner reported they received a check in their name for $642 via a legitimate FedEx delivery. The check included the homeowner’s correct address also. After researching the bank where the check was from, the homeowner figured the check was fraudulent and reported it. ****Police warn residents of these types of scams. If you receive a check for no apparent reason, it is most likely fraudulent. Do not take it to your bank to cash or deposit it. That is how thieves are able to get your personal information and can wipe out your bank accounts. Report anything suspicious to police.

IDENTITY THEFT

Several victims are reporting their identities are being stolen and used to open credit card or retail store accounts. Police are asking residents to file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center – www.ic3.gov and the Federal Trade Commission - www.ftc.gov.

Consider these 6 tips to help protect your identity:

Create Strong Passwords and Update them Frequently.

Be Aware of What You Share. 

Keep Sensitive Personal and Financial Documents Secure. 

Protect Your Mobile Device. 

Check Your Credit Report. 

Don’t Fall for Phishing Scams.

For more information on these tips, please visit: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2012/12/18/6-tips-to-protect-yourself-from-identity-theft