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Issue 635: February 3, 2016
A Message from Chief Knight
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SCAM
Amazon Gift Card or Coupon

Don't believe what you see. It's easy to steal the colors, logos and header of an established organization. Scammers can also make links look like they lead to legitimate websites and emails appear to come from a different sender.

Legitimate businesses do not ask for credit card numbers or banking information on customer surveys. If they do ask for personal information, like an address or email, be sure there's a link to their privacy policy.

Watch out for a reward that's too good to be true. If the survey is real, you may be entered in a drawing to win a gift card or receive a small discount off your next purchase. Few businesses can afford to give away $50 gift cards for completing a few questions or a coupon for $50-$100 off products.
Important:
Don't open any attachments or click any links from suspicious e-mails. If you've already opened an attachment or clicked a suspicious link, go to Protect Your System.

Suspicious e-mails not from Amazon.com often contain:
  • An order confirmation for an item you didn't purchase or an attachment to an order confirmation. Note: Go to Your Orders to see if there is an order that matches the details in the e-mail. If it doesn't match an order in Your Account, the message isn't from Amazon.
  • Requests for your Amazon.com username and/or password, or other personal information
  • Requests to update payment information.Note: Go to Your Account and click Manage Payment Options in the Payments section. If you aren't prompted to update your payment method on that screen, the message isn't from Amazon.
  • Links to websites that look like Amazon.com, but aren't Amazon
  • Attachments or prompts to install software on your computer
  • Typos or grammatical errors
  • Forged e-mail addresses to make it look like the e-mail is coming from Amazon.com. Note: If the "from" line of the e-mail contains an Internet Service Provider (ISP) other than @amazon.com, then it's a fraudulent e-mail.
If you received an e-mail regarding an order you didn't place, the e-mail likely wasn't from Amazon.com. Please send the e-mail as an attachment to stop-spoofing@amazon.com.



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CITIZEN ACADEMY IS BACK
  Next session starting February 16th

         ~Limited Openings~
 
Citizen Academy is a seven-session program, in which people learn about police work in Chaska by experiencing police work. Lectures and actual hands-on experiences are combined for a unique insight into the police department. The classes are held on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8 PM and are FREE!
 
The police department is providing an academy to increase partnerships with those in our community and create opportunities to receive feedback from participants to improve our delivery of services. Often there is little opportunity for both citizens and officers to share views and ideas.
 
If you are interested in participating in the academy please contact Officer Janke at 952-448-4200 or e-mail her at jjanke@chaskamn.com  to have an application sent to you.




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