Crime

Have You Been E-Pickpocketed - Without Even Knowing it?

Have You Been E-Pickpocketed - Without Even Knowing it?

 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It can happen anywhere. In an urban shopping center like the Jacksonville Landing or a sporting event like a baseball game.

"Is this a good thing or a bad thing? " ask one cardholder.

Bad - it can happen right under your nose.

New technology used in smart cards, speed passes and newly issued passports make it easier for a pickpocket to steal your card information.

It is called electronic pick pocketing. Walt Augustinowicz, a former insurance executive, has the ability to walk through a crowd and pickpocket credit card information.

"The biggest vulnerability is the fact that they don't know," said Augustinowicz.

Spotting an Impostor: Scammers Pose as Friends, Family and Government Agencies

It’s easy to think “It couldn’t happen to me.” But scammers know how to get around our better judgment. They play on our emotions or promise big payoffs to get us to act. And many use the names of government agencies like the FTC, trusted companies, or friends and family to get us to buy into their schemes. We may not be able to spot the impostor until it’s too late.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, wants you to know that scammers are posing as people, agencies and companies you know and trust. They may use phone calls, emails, letters, faxes or even text messages in their deceptions. To see past the disguise, you need to be alert to signs of an impostor scam:

DCF Calls Out Fake Food Stamp Website

DCF Calls Out Fake Food Stamp Website

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Division of Children and Families is calling a website that purports to help people apply for food stamps online a scam.

According to spokesperson John Harrell, getfoodstampsnow.org is not a place for people to turn to online as a means to get food stamps.

In fact, Harrell said the DCF website, http://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/, is the only legitimate way for those who need assistance to get it.

"The problem and the danger is that they could be giving their personal information to people who could be scamming them out of money. This is of great concern to us at DCF because there's a lot of people who are suffering at this time economically. And there are websites that are taking money from people who don't have much to begin with," Harrell said.

Consumer Alert: Beware of License Plate Decal Thieves

Consumer Alert: Beware of License Plate Decal Thieves

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police call it petit theft, but for 69-year old Eudell Stevens, there's nothing petit about what happened to her.

"They're going around stealing decals so you better keep an eye on your tag," she said.

Over the weekend, Stevens' license plate decals were stolen off her car, and police said it is not as uncommon as some might think.

Stevens said if she had seen the thief he would have been in trouble. "I would have shot them in their behind," said Stevens.

The decal was stolen from the tag of her 2007 Silver Toyota Corolla. Her daughter, Collette Mincey, discovered it was stolen.

"I was in the yard and notice her decal was missing," said Mincey, who said her mother was very upset.

Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Leeper couldn't say how often it happens, but he said it's more often than you think, and the motive is clear.

6th Annual Stop Teen Underage Drinking Rally Today in Jacksonville

6th Annual Stop Teen Underage Drinking  Rally Today in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Students from all of Duval county's public high schools are participating in the Stop Teenage Underage Drinking (S.T.U.D.) Rally.

The event addresses issues relating to underage drinking and lifestyle choices that teens face on a daily basis.

The S.T.U.D. Rally begins at 7 A.M. at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium.

Paks Gym Brings Korean Flavor to Springfield

Paks Gym Brings Korean Flavor to Springfield

Paks Gym, which is situated at the Corner of East 7th and Walnut Streets, is bringing some Korean flavor to the Springfield community through its martial arts and exercise programs. Operated by Springfield resident Don Justice, the small gym has become a popular spot for many neighborhood residents and children looking to add some exercise and discipline to their lives.

Possible 'Home Owner' Energy Audit Phone Scam

For well over a week now, a call comes in from 904-525-2895, a cell phone with a recording telling me about a free energy audit appointment I can set up and get $3,700 from a government program. I pressed one, as prompted, to ask a few questions about this free energy audit that was going to put $3,700 in my pocket (if I qualify).