A NOTE: Thank you for your patience in the delay of this month’s newsletter. Several members of our staff have been assisting our neighbors in Adams County with the planning of the funeral for Deputy Heath Gumm. We actually had an article prepared for this edition to tell you about how our Sheriff’s Office assisted Douglas County with the funeral for Deputy Parrish, which now just doesn’t seem appropriate with Deputy Gumm’s recent death. Just know that we are fortunate to be in a position to assist our neighboring counties with a contingent of personnel, and hope that they never have to return the favor. We are in that position because of the support of our community, and for that, we are thankful.
Don't be a valentine victim! More in our video on romance scams.
In today’s fast-paced world of instant communication and social media, many adults have turned to online dating sites to find love, especially around Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, not everyone using dating sites is looking for romance; some are looking for money--your money!
Thousands of people have been victimized by online romance scams and wind up not only embarrassed, but with financial losses averaging more than $10,000 per person. Shockingly, most victims are baby boomer age or older. Not only do victims suffer emotionally and financially, but some may have long term effects resulting from an online romance scam.
Scammers may represent themselves as beautiful foreign models, wealthy businessmen, or even deployed military service members trying to attract a lover, but most use very ordinary-seeming profiles. Advances in technology have made it increasingly more difficult to determine who really is behind the computer screen. It could be the love of your life, or it could be an individual involved in an organized criminal ring.
Online romance scammers often work together in groups of six, usually at cyber cafes, sending out hundreds of emails through the dating websites and chat rooms waiting for responses. They follow scripts like telemarketers, which explains why their messages sound so similar or even exactly the same.
Scammers shape their identities based on the information provided in potential victim profiles. For instance, a fifty year old woman with a love of horses may receive messages from an individual claiming to be a sixty year old business executive who owns a ranch. After a few weeks of charming conversation the victim will be asked for money. Some receive shocking news that their new found friend is in trouble and needs financial help. Others have been asked to send money for a plane ticket so they can meet in person. Some victims have been asked to cash their supposed sweetheart’s pay check and then wire-transfer the money back to them because they are unable to cash it themselves. These checks are fraudulent no matter how real they may appear. Victims who cash the checks and wire money may be liable for the funds sent or even arrested for check fraud.
After the victim recognizes that they’ve been scammed and ceases contact with the scammer, they may be contacted by a phony detective or private investigator offering services to track down the scammer, for a fee of course. These impersonators promise to identify who the scammer is and for an additional fee have them arrested and bring them to justice. Unfortunately, this is just a continuation of the scam, and the private investigator may even be the original online love interest.
If you’re looking for love online, these warning signs may expose a
Scammer Grammar. Scammers often portray themselves as educated American or British businessmen, but English is usually their second language and their messages contain frequent misspellings and poor grammar.
Zip Code 23401. Sometimes this zip code is given as part of the scammer's home address to receive wired funds. It's actually the zip code for Keller, Virginia, but scammers provide it believing that American victims expect a Zip code. Coincidentally, or not, 234 is the international telephone dialing code for Nigeria.
Too Good To Be True. Some scammers appear to be incredibly good looking, usually because the photo on their profile was stolen from an online modeling site. Recently, scammers have been stealing more average looking photos in order to disguise themselves further.
Mailing Address Requests. Victims are told their lover would like to send gifts or to come visit and therefore need the victim’s mailing address, but the true purpose may be to set up a reshipping scam or some other variety of con.
Consumers who believe they have fallen victim to a scam or who would like to report fraudulent activity may do so online here. For additional information please call the Colorado Office of the Attorney General at 800-222-4444.
- Modified information from Stop Fraud Colorado
Our Polar Plungers knew that jumping into the Aurora Reservoir was going to be cold, but they may not have anticipated just how cold!
Even with the bone chilling temperatures and potential snow predicted for Saturday, our group of fearless plungers will run into freezing cold water to help raise money for Special Olympics Colorado. The Aurora Polar Plunge is one of several Law Enforcement Torch Run events where teams gather from agencies around the south and east sides of Denver and compete, while literally taking the plunge.
This year, ACSO staff members are working to raise $3,000 as their team fundraising goal. We are just $250 shy of our goal! The money raised will support Special Olympics athletes as they train and go for the gold. Just $250 will support one athlete's training for a sport during the season. If you would like to help us meet our goal, please visit our fundraising page.
The Aurora Polar Plunge is open to the public. Please feel free to come out and cheer on our team as they jump into the Aurora Reservoir. The event kicks off on Sat., Feb. 10 at 11 a.m., but the Plunge itself starts around 1 p.m.
By the time our Polar Plungers have finally warmed up, it will be time for ACSO employees to shave their heads! It's all a part of ACSO's work to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research, a cause that is near and dear to our hearts.
The average age of cancer diagnosis in children is just 6 years old. In the U.S., more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease, yet only four percent of U.S. federal funding is dedicated to childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick’s Foundation fills that gap by funding only childhood cancer research.
For 2018, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to raise $50,000 for this cause.
The public shaving event will take place on Friday, March 9, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Boondocks, 18706 Cottonwood Drive, in Parker.
To donate visit our donation page. Feel like you would like to take a little off the top? You are welcome to join our fundraising team! Just follow the Join link when you click on the donation page.
As always, thank you for supporting us as we support others.
On Tues., Jan. 23, we honored the life and service of K9 Thor, who's End of Watch was Dec. 21, 2017. If you would like to view his memorial service, please go to our Facebook page.
Stemming from the internet, social media has grown into a platform for people to learn and connect with others. At ACSO, we've found channels like Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor to be incredibly helpful when trying to get information out to our citizens.
Similarly, some of our citizens use these channels to get information out as well. While they may see it as helpful information sharing, many times, specifically on Nextdoor, law enforcement agencies like ACSO are not able to see this information.
Unless this information is reported to law enforcement, we potentially will not be aware of it!
For example, if neighbor Mrs. Jones sees an unfamiliar and suspicious white van that has been parked on the street for several days logs on to her Nextdoor account and shares this information with her neighbors, but does not call her local law enforcement, law enforcement will potentially never know about the suspicious van.
It may seem helpful to alert your neighbors to something in the neighborhood to keep an eye out for, but calling law enforcement could help find an answer to what seems suspicious or what looks "off."
If you see something strange or suspicious in your neighborhood, call us! Please call us before you post! If it seems like an emergency, you can reach us at 911. Non-emergency? We have a number for that, too: (303) 795-4711.
At ACSO we want to serve our community the best we can, so please help us do that.
We are always looking for qualified applicants for our open positions and have a variety of jobs open right now! Do you know someone who you think would be a good candidate? Send them these links and encourage them to apply today!
Detention Crew Leaders supervise sentenced misdemeanor, and minimum and medium custody felon, inmate workers in jobs associated with the cleaning, maintenance and care of the Detention Facility, and direct trustees in the set-up of venues and special events.
Detention Operations Technicians are responsible for the movement of employees, visitors and inmates in the Detention Facility. They also monitor radio traffic, inmate counts and safety and security within our pods.
Inmate Services Technicians perform various record-keeping tasks, including the safeguarding of inmate property, duties related to intake and release of inmates, and maintaining detention files.
The Emergency Management Manager is responsible for managing the County's comprehensive emergency management program, supporting local and county agencies during all phases of the emergency management cycle. This manager develops and maintains plans using the 'whole community' concept of planning.
Volunteers are vital to the work we do in Arapahoe County. From basic data entry, to helping out with activities such as our Citizens' Academy, and everything in between. More information can be found on our employment page.
Senior Check-In Program-
Seniors in the current program receive a call from a Communications Section staff member once a week. The call serves as a check in for the senior's health and well-being and provides quality interaction many of our seniors need.
To expand the program, the Communications Section is looking for volunteers. Volunteers would be expected to take on a call or two a week on a long-term basis, as consistent contact with ongoing conversations drive this program.
This Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office e-newsletter is designed for the community and is distributed on the first business day of the month. We value your input! Please send us feedback, questions or ideas!