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SPRING BLACK BEAR SIGHTINGS
 
 
Date:
06/20/2013  
  Time: 10:50 AM  
  Contact: Holden Police / Animal Control  
    (508) 210-5600 - Menu Option #1  
       
 

Each year, the Holden Police Department receives calls from residents about black bear sightings in our neighborhoods. Usually, the fall season brings a noticeable uptick in bear calls. This year, however, there has been an unusual volume of calls in May and June.

Common sense measures such as bringing in bird feeders at night and not feeding pets outdoors can help to discourage foraging bears from coming close to your home. Check out the Mass Wildlife "Living with Wildlife" web page for more tips, and links to related information.

If you have concerns about a bear, please call HPD at 508-210-5600 menu option 1, and ask to speak with the Animal Control Officer.

 
     
 
UTILITY BILL DEBIT CARD SCAM
 
 
Date:
05/17/2013  
  Time: 11:00 am  
  Contact: Holden Police  
    (508) 210-5600 - Menu Option #1  
       
 

The Holden Police Department has been made aware of a recent utility bill scam. The scammer, posing as an employee of a utility company (electric, phone, gas, cable, etc.), calls a resident and claims their utility bill is past due. They warn that service will be cut off if the balance is not paid immediately. They then instruct the resident to purchase a pre-paid debit card and call back with the numbers on the card in order to pay off their bill. Once this is carried out, the scammer drains the balance of the debit card. In general, beware of anyone requiring or requesting that you purchase a prepaid debit card. Click here for more information from kiplingers.com.

 
     
 
HOME SECURITY SYSTEM PHONE SCAM
 
 
Date:
03/26/2013  
  Time: 4:00 pm  
  Contact: Holden Police  
    (508) 210-5600 - Menu Option #1  
     
  The Holden Police Department has received reports about a phone scam in which the caller offers a free home security system, or informs the resident that they have won one as a prize. Please click here for more information. Thank you.  
     
 
DRIVEWAY PAVING SCAM
 
 
Date:
07/23/2012  
  Time: 4:30 PM  
  Contact: Holden Police Dispatch  
    (508) 210-5600 - Menu Option #1  
     
  Local residents have fallen victim to a driveway paving scam. Please click here for more details.  
  If you suspect someone has scammed you or attempted to scam you, with regard to paving or any other situation, please do not hesitate to call HPD to report it.  
     
 
CAR BREAKS - LOCK YOUR VEHICLES
 
 
Date:
06/22/2011  
  Time: 10:00 AM  
  Contact: Holden Police Dispatch  
    (508)829-4444  
       
  Various Holden neighborhoods have been experiencing car breaks over the past few nights.

Once again, HPD urges all residents to remove valuables (GPS units, MP3 players, purses, wallets, cell phones, laptops, cash, CDs, keys, etc.) from your vehicles. These are all items that have recently been stolen from unlocked vehicles in town. Close your car windows and lock all doors and hatchbacks, etc. whenever your vehicle is unattended, especially overnight.

If your car is broken into, please let us know as soon as you discover it, even if it appears nothing is missing. The more information we can gather, the more likely it is we can apprehend suspects.

If you see or hear anything suspicious, please call Holden PD anytime at (508) 829-4444.

 
     
 
BLACK BEAR SIGHTINGS
 
 
Date:
09/14/2010  
  Time: 3:30 pm  
  Contact: Animal Control Officer Mike Sendrowski  
    (508)829-4444  
       
  As in past years, the Holden Police Department is issuing an alert regarding black bear sightings in town. To read this alert, please click here. To access and excellent educational article regarding bears in our area, you can link to the Mass Wildlife website by clicking here.  
     
  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at the numbers listed above.  
     
 
ONLINE JOB POSTING SCAM
 
 
Date:
02/26/2010  
  Time: 01:30 PM  
  Contact: Detective Sergeant Chris Carey  
    (508) 829-4444  
       
  HPD recently worked on a case in which a young job applicant, answering an online posting, was scammed into e-mailing his personal information to a false company. Please click here for more information. If you have any questions or are concerned you may have been scammed, please call the Holden Police contact listed above.  
     
 
IDENTITY THEFT - DECEASED PERSONS
 
 
Date:
12/11/2009  
  Time: 1:30 PM  
  Contact: Det. Sgt. Chris Carey  
    (508) 829-4444  
  The  Holden Police Department was recently made aware of an identity theft scam involving deceased individuals. Please click here for more information.   As always, if you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to call HPD.  
     
 
"GRANDCHILD" SCAM
 
 
Date:
11/30/2009  
  Time: 3:00 pm  
  Contact: Det. Sgt. Chris Carey  
    (508) 829-4444  
     
  The "grandchild" scam -- in which a grandparent is called to wire money to a grandchild in trouble -- has resurfaced. Please click here to read a full description. The theme of the phone call may vary (i.e. grandchild is sick, hurt, arrested, etc.) but the scam is generally the same. If you have any concerns or questions, please call the Holden Police Department.  
     
 
WORK-AT-HOME SCAM
 
 
Date:
07/06/2009  
  Time: 11:30 am  
  Contact: Det Chris Carey  
    (508) 829-4444  
       
  Job listings on Craigslist for work-at-home opportunities involving a company called "ABS Consulting" are a scam. Please click here for more detailed information.  
     
 
FOX & OTHER WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS
 
 
Date:
07/03/2009  
  Time: 1:00 pm  
  Contact: ACO Mike Sendrowski  
    (508) 829-0215 or (508)829-4444 /  9-1-1 if emergency situation            
     
  Within the past few days, we have been receiving many calls from residents who are concerned about seeing wildlife out and about during daylight hours. Do not be alarmed if you see skunk, fox, turkey, coyote, etc. being active during the day. This is the time of year that most wildlife species are very busy securing food for their young, so it is not unusual to see them more often.  
     
  Things to keep in mind to prevent wildlife from becoming a nuisance:  
  -  Do not feed your pets outside
-  Secure your trash
-  Do not approach wildlife
-  If an animal appears aggressive, call the Holden Police Department at 508-829-4444 or 9-1-1 if an emergency.
 
     
  We must learn to co-exist with our animal population. Their presence is a sign that our environment is healthy!  
     
 
WARM WEATHER SECURITY
 
 
Date:
06/26/2009  
  Time: 1:00 PM  
  Contact: Holden Police Department  
    (508) 829-4444            
     
  Summer is finally here! With summer weather, many windows in houses and cars are left open at night. Some area towns are experiencing car breaks and house breaks night and into the early morning hours. Car breaks often occur to unlocked vehicles and to vehicles where valuables are visible. People are gaining entry to houses by entering first floor windows that are either unlocked or left open.

To help prevent being victimized:

- Remove all valuables from your vehicles, including removing the GPS unit from the windshield at night, put the windows all the way up and lock the doors.

- Prior to going to bed, double-check all windows that are accessible from the ground (this includes windows which are accessible if someone stood a chair). If you need to keep a ground floor window open, place a piece of wood in the window frame to prevent the window from opening all the way.

- If you hear something unusual at night, please call 911 immediately.

If you have any questions, please call the Holden Police Department.

 
     
 
PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION SECURITY
 
 
Date:
06/26/2009  
  Time: 10:00 am  
  Contact: Holden Police Department  
    (508) 829-4444            
       
  Prescription pills are in almost every household. Every day these pills are being stolen from houses by friends, family, children and people that come to the house to work. These pills are then either sold or abused by the person that has stolen them.

Recently an incident occurred where a person was hired to do a job inside a house when the homeowner was not home. Prescription pills were stolen and replaced with a potentially harmful pill. Unknowingly, the homeowner took the pills for a few days before noticing the change in the medication.

When someone comes to your house to work -- which could include a plumber, carpenter, baby sitter or even a pet sitter --secure your prescriptions in a safe, secure, undisclosed location. Although you may know and trust the person coming to your house, they still may steal from you.

If you suspect someone is stealing your prescriptions, contact the police immediately.

 
     
 
FRAUDULENT FAMILY EMERGENCY PHONE CALLS
 
 
Date:
03/20/2009  
  Time: 10:30 AM  
  Contact: Det. Chris Carey    
    (508) 829-4444            
 

A couple of Holden residents recently received phone calls from Canada. The caller stated there was an emergency with their grandson. One of the calls claimed their grandson was in jail, and the other claimed their grandson was in the hospital. Both calls stated their grandson needed money immediately and that they were to wire the money up to Canada. This scam has been going on for a little while now. Remember a few things:

 
 
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Never trust someone that calls you  
 
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Never wire money to someone unless you know who they are  
 
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Don’t act immediately  
  These criminals are very good at what they do. They are very convincing and will pressure you into acting immediately. Don’t fall for this scam.

If you have any questions please call the Holden Police Department at (508)829-4444.
 
     
 
YARD DEBRIS CLEAN-UP WARNING
 
 
Date:
03/20/2009  
  Time: 10:30 AM  
  Contact: Det. Chris Carey    
    (508) 829-4444            
 

With spring finally here it's time to clean up the yards. Recently a woman in Holden hired a person to clean up her yard. After agreeing to a price, this woman gave the worker about 1/3 of the total price. He then asked her for the whole amount before he started to work. This man did “some” work at her house but not even close to what she paid for.

Unfortunately this is a civil matter and the police’s hands are tied.

When hiring someone to work inside or outside your house:

 
 
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Check their references  
 
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Get other estimates  
 
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Never pay them the whole amount up front  
 
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Never be pressured to act immediately  
  If you have any problems with contractors, please contact the Police Department at (508)829-4444 immediately and we will try to assist you.  
     
 
AUDIO TEST APPOINTMENTS ALERT
 
 
Date:
02/18/2009  
  Time: 03:00 PM  
  Contact: Holden Police Dept.       (508)829-4444  
    Holden Senior Center    (508)829-0270  
       
  Recently, some Holden seniors have reported receiving a phone call from an audiology company to schedule in-home hearing tests. The caller allegedly reports that they are working in cooperation with the Holden Senior Center.  
  Please be aware that in fact, the Holden Senior Center is in no way affiliated with this or any other audiology company.  
  The Holden Police Department recommends terminating any phone conversations with such a company. If you or a family member, friend, or neighbor have already made an appointment as a result of one of these calls, it is recommended that you cancel it.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call the contact numbers above.  
     
 
SOLICITOR WARNING
 
 
Date:
01/26/2009  
  Time: 12:00 Noon  
  Contact: Holden Police Department  
    (508)829-4444            
 

Over the years, Holden and other towns have had negative experiences with a few solicitors. Due to the problems solicitors can create, Holden adopted a by-law requiring solicitors to get a permit. Solicitors are only issued a permit after a background check is performed.

Due to the ice storm damage, there are a lot of people in the region looking for work and some of these people will take advantage of you if you allow them to. The Worcester Police Department discovered a person walking around a house, apparently about to break in. This person was arrested and he told the police he was just soliciting work for an out of state tree company. This person also said he was thrown out of Holden the day before because he did not have a solicitor’s permit.

If someone comes to your door offering something for sale or offering services, ask to see their solicitor’s permit. If they do not have a permit, notify the police immediately with their description and information about their vehicle so we can educate them in the law.

As always, if you witness any suspicous behavior, don't hesitate to call us at (508)829-4444.

 
     
 
MYSTERY SHOPPER SCAM - UPDATED 10/22/08
 
 
Date:
10/17/2008  
  Time: 2:30 PM  
  Contact: Det. Chris Carey    
    (508) 829-4444            
  UPDATE: Another Holden resident received a similar scam in the mail, this one offering them a "job" as a Mystery Shopper at Walmart. A counterfeit check was included; similar instructions to the Western Union scam.  See original alert below for more details.  
     
 

Although this scam has been around for some time, no Holden resident has encountered it until today. A resident came to the police station with a letter and a check. In this scam, you are asked to deposit the enclosed check and, posing as a Western Union customer, wire the money. If this resident had fallen for the scam, she would have owed her bank $4,975.00.

If you receive an unsolicited check in the mail and are asked to cash it and then wire the money to someone, please don’t do it, as it's most likely a scam. Click here for more information regarding what to look for. Again, if you have any questions please contact the Holden Police Department at 508-829-4444.

 
     
 
ELDER SCAM
 
 
Date:
09/17/2008  
  Time: 11:00 AM  
  Contact: Det. Chris Carey   -or-  Det. David Johnson, Sterling PD  
    (508) 829-4444             978-422-7331  
     
  Sterling Police are investigating B&E to a residence. Elderly victims were approached by two males - one Hispanic, one white - claiming to be from safety company needing to stake out land. While victims were distracted, the home was entered by a third party (unknown). Checks and $6000 cash were taken. Male victim is a retired Millbury Police
Officer. Anyone with information please call Detective David R. Johnson, Sterling Police 978-422-7331. PLEASE ALERT YOUR ELDERLY FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND NEIGHBORS.
 
     
 
GYPSY SCAMS
 
 
Date:
04/14/2008  
  Time: 10:00 AM  
  Contact: Det. Chris Carey  
    (508) 829-0216  
     
  Now that Spring has arrived, homeowners are thinking about construction projects and home repair. Be aware that some area residents have fallen victim to "Gypsy" scams. Click here for more information.  
     
 
NIGERIAN SCAMS
 
 
Date:
04/04/2008  
  Time: 10:00 AM  
  Contact: Det. Chris Carey  
    (508) 829-0216  
     
  There are many scams perpetrated via mail, phone, in person, and through e-mail, with some local victims. Be aware! Click here for more information on recent Nigerian scams.  
     
 
IRS REFUND SCAM
 
 
Date:
02/12/2008  
  Time: 10:00 AM  
  Contact: Det. Christopher Carey  
    (508) 829-4444  
       
  Every year as tax-time approaches, various scams are perpetrated. For information on a recent e-mail tax refund scam, click here. Please see an additional scam alert below.  
       
 
SCAM ALERT FROM THE FBI
 
 
Date:
02/12/2008  
  Time: 10:00 AM  
  Contact: Det. Christopher Carey  
    (508) 829-4444  
       
  The FBI has issued an alert regarding a common check scam. For further information click here.  
       
 
TELEPHONE SOLICITORS
 
 
Date:
02/05/2008  
  Time: 2:00 PM  
  Contact: Det. Christopher Carey  
    (508) 829-4444  
       
 

The Holden Police Department has received a number of phone calls recently asking if an organization soliciting donations is legitimate.

Most organizations do not call us prior to them calling Holden residents. Our recommendation is to take their information and contact the beneficiaries of the charitable fund and ask if they are conducting a fundraiser. If they are and you want to make a donation, mail the check or drop it off at the business. Never give them a credit card number. Many times the “caller” will ask if someone will be home and if not, can the check be placed in a mailbox. This ploy is often used by burglars to determine if a resident is home.

To check fundraisers registered to operate in Massachusetts, you can call the Attorney General’s Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division at 617-727-2200 extension 2101.

If the fundraiser comes to your house asking for donations, contact the police department immediately. DO NOT let them in or given them any information.

Do not feel rushed in making a decision immediately. Ask them to send something in the mail. That will give you time to go over it and decide if you want to donate or not.

There is very inexpensive technology available to alter the display of a “caller-IDs”. Don’t trust what is displayed on the caller ID. That is the reason why we recommend you call the charitable organization and verify they are indeed soliciting.

The Holden Police Department does not endorse any specific charitable organization. There are many out there that do a wonderful job and others that are scams. Please be cautious. If you have any questions please call the AG’s office or the Holden Police.

 
     
 
 
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