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Police group provides safety alert

Oct. 27, 2012 @ 12:20 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Fraternal Order of Police, Gold Star Lodge No. 65, is reminding area residents to be alert as the election cycle ends and the holiday season approaches.

The dangers include both thievery and scams. To guard against thieves, police suggest you keep valuables and packages in a safe place --and that place is rarely someone's vehicle.

In regard to scams, area residents should be aware of who they are dealing with. This includes being suspicious of anyone asking for personal information or a transfer of funds without you initiating the contact. The best advice is to get the person's name and agency as well as a callback number. That allows for inspection with the Secretary of State's Office to determine if it's a legitimate charity or cause.

For its part, Gold Star Lodge No. 65 states it does not directly solicit from the public and never does so by telephone. Its fundraising activities involve the "Ride with Cops" program in October and weekly bingo nights at the Redman Bingo Hall. Both efforts raise money for kids at Christmas.

Anyone who receives a suspicious call or believes they might be the victim of a scam should call local police.