trymahjong Posted June 21, 2016 Share Posted June 21, 2016 From COH enewsletter The Houston Police Department reminds victims of our recent flooddisasters to be aware of scams involving those falsely representingthemselves as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) employees. Following an investigation into at least three incidents offraud/forgery related to the recent flooding in the Houston area, theHPD Financial Crimes Unit identified and arrested a suspect, Derron L.Skinner, (b/m, 25), on June 16. A photo of Skinner, who is charged with forgery can be found herehttp://www.houstongovnewsroom.org/go/doc/2155/2840450/The victims had filed claims for damages from the recent flooding. Oneof the victims told investigators a friend of hers knew someone whoworked at FEMA and could help them handle their claims. The victimswere contacted by Skinner, who represented himself as a FEMA employee.The victims' claim information was provided to Skinner and they wereinstructed to meet him at their respective banks. Skinner then gavethem several checks at one time, usually less than $1,000 each, andinstructed them to deposit the funds via an ATM. The following day,Skinner met the victims again at their respective banks where theywithdrew a significant amount of money (reportedly for fees andinspectors) and gave him the cash. A few days later, the checks werecharged back as fraudulent, leaving the victims responsible for anymoney the bank did not recover, usually the amount given to Skinner. Investigators believe there may be more victims and urge anyone who mayhave been contacted by Skinner to call the HPD Financial Crimes Unit at713-308-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. For more information on how to protect yourself from disaster-relatedfraud and scams, visithttp://www.fema.gov/news-release/2016/06/17/protect-yourself-disaster-related-fraud-and-scams _____ Register for CitizensNet<http://cohapp.cityofhouston.gov/citizensnet/Registration.aspx> Add firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> toyour address book to ensure proper delivery of CitizensNet emails and to prevent spam filters from blocking the emails. Follow theseinstructions.<http://www.intouchbroadcast.com/articles/11/1/Adding-an-Email-Address-to-your-Safe-Senders-List/Page1.html> Change your email address or Update your record<http://cohapp.cityofhouston.gov/citizensnet/Login.aspx> View CitizensNet Archive<http://www.houstontx.gov/citizensnet/index.html> Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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