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Auto scams and information

Ken Kleinlein

Ken Klein­lein

By Ken Kleinlein

Crime Scene

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – Some scams dis­ap­pear and then resur­face peri­od­i­cally. Peo­ple tend to for­get about them when they are not seen for a while. Rein­force­ment is the rule for address­ing them.

Engle­wood res­i­dent Otto Brun­ner received this scam e-mail:

CHEVROLET MOTORS COMPANY LTD UK
CHEVROLET PROGRAMS AND EVENTS DEPARTMENT
CHEVROLET AVENUE STAMFORD BRIDGE LONDON
P.O. Box 850
MANCHESTER MR2 8GD UNITED KINGDOM
Con­grat­u­la­tion Win­ner,
Your email address has won You a cash prize of Two Crore Thirty Five LAKH Rupees
(RS, 2, 35, 000, 00/INR)
From CHEVROLET MOTORS COMPANY UK 2015 Email Scrab­ble Online Draw
NOTE: KINDLY FILL BELOW FORM AND SEND TO THIS EMAIL:
chvmotc2015@hotmail.com
Full Name: ————–Full Address: ———–State: ——————Occu­pa­tion: ————-
Age: ——————–Sex: ——————–Coun­try: —————-Win­ning Email: ———-
Mobile: —————–
Con­grat­u­la­tions once again from all mem­bers and staff of this pro­mo­tion.
Con­tact: Dr. Edward Philip
Or call +447010021772

AAA warn­ing

The Auto­mo­bile Club of Amer­ica has issued a warn­ing on the new less costly E15 grade gaso­line that con­tains higher amounts of ethanol that can dam­age your car. The ethanol rises to the top of the tank and is used first. Then your engine uses the rest of the fuel on the bot­tom. This is called faze separation.

Don’t use NEW GAS COMING TO STATIONS

The EPA has changed the rules on corn in gasoline.

Impor­tant if you have a car 2012 or older.

 www.youtube.com/embed/ceW9Nc1hVHU?feature=player_detailpage

 

Car Wrap­ping scam

A fake e-mail offers to pay you $300 a week for sim­ply wrap­ping your car with a com­pany logo.

It appears to be from a well-known brand. The lat­est scams have used Mon­ster Energy’s name, but have also imper­son­ated brands such as Coca Cola and Heineken.

The email offers you a chance to earn $300 (or more) a week. All you need to do is wrap your car with the Mon­ster Energy logo and use the vehi­cle for your daily rou­tine. If you reply you are asked to pro­vide con­tact infor­ma­tion and vehi­cle details. You are promised an up-front payment.

When you receive your check, it’s for far more than you were promised. Your new “boss” instructs you to deposit it and wire the dif­fer­ence to another per­son. This third party is allegedly respon­si­ble for design­ing the car wrap.

Don’t do it!

The check is a fake. If you deposit the check and with­draw the money, you will be respon­si­ble for the bank’s losses.

 

Law enforce­ment

I attended Char­lotte County Sher­iff Bill Prummell’s Quar­terly Awards Cer­e­mony as the guest of CCSO Deputy John Stew­art, a mem­ber of the Man­a­sota 10–13 police offi­cers club.

Major Mark Caro received Spe­cial Recog­ni­tion for his 35 years of hon­or­able ser­vice with the Sheriff’s Office. I first met Mark when he was a young lieu­tenant work­ing in Engle­wood. I was impressed by his ded­i­ca­tion, devo­tion to duty, and his zeal to serve and pro­tect the community.

Karen Cline, assis­tant to the Sher­iff, was hon­ored for her years of exem­plary ser­vice. We com­mu­ni­cated fre­quently on law enforce­ment mat­ters. A great lady!

Also hon­ored were recip­i­ents of awards for Law Enforce­ment, Deten­tion, Team, and Life Saver categories.

Present in the audi­ence were Colonel Kurt Hoff­man of the Sara­sota Sheriff’s Office, for­mer County Com­mis­sioner and Super­vi­sor of Elec­tions Mac Hor­ton of Engle­wood, and Dave Dig­nam from the Key Agency in Engle­wood, a reserve deputy.

 

Mil­i­tary news

Last month USCG Mas­ter Chief Petty Offi­cer Mike Wilkins left on his final deployment.

He will be sorely missed by his wife Lyan­nda and fam­ily, the ship­mates who served with him, and all who knew him. He was an out­stand­ing sailor and a loyal friend. Sem­per Para­tus Mike!

Take care be care­ful, and I’ll see you at the next Crime Scene.

God Bless and pro­tect our mil­i­tary, law enforce­ment, fire fight­ers, and EMT’s.

Ken Klein­lein is a for­mer detec­tive with the NYPD spe­cial frauds squad, coor­di­nat­ing with local, state, and fed­eral law enforce­ment, along with accred­ited secu­rity firms, on mat­ters of crime pre­ven­tion and pub­lic information.   

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