screwdriver and 30 seconds is all you need to steal a plate.
Stealing a Car --It's Easier to Steal a License Plate!
If you don't want
to steal a car, the next best thing is to steal a car's license
plates. Turns out your license plates are a hot commodity. A new
trend shows thieves have been ripping off license plates,
screwing them onto their own car, and then committing crimes.
It's an easy way for thieves to hide their identity. While no one
is looking and in quick fashion, a thief can quickly unbolt
your front and rear plates. Detectives with our office
say hundreds of plates and stickers have been reported stolen.
Thieves are also putting stolen tags on stolen cars making crimes
difficult to trace back to them.
thieves steal just the stickers off the plates. That's a more
difficult thing to notice and unfortunately some residents don't
notice the stickers gone until they are pulled over for expired
license plate often just takes one tool - a screwdriver. And it
can be done in seconds. Removing a registration sticker also
takes one tool - a razor blade. But it's possible a thief may
only need his or her fingernails.
consider purchasing one
way screws, also called plate
keepers, to attach your plates. These can make
plate removal more difficult.
If your tags or
stickers are stolen, the Department
of Motor Vehicles says you should file a police report
immediately to avoid paying for replacements and to avoid fines.
You Walking Around With Your Social Security Number?
If you are carrying your Medicare card, you are
walking around with your Social Security number. Your Medicare
account number is also your Social Security Number. Losing your
Medicare card exposes you to ID theft to scammers who know. To limit
ID theft exposure, Medicare will begin to issue new Medicare cards to
all beneficiaries beginning April 2018. To help protect your
identity, these new cards will no longer contain your Social Security
number with a new account number.
It will take at least a year for Medicare to get all
the new cards out to beneficiaries. Before you receive your new card,
scammers might try to take advantage of the transition. Here's the
scam: Scammers will call and try to convince you they are
representatives for Medicare providing an "update for card
replacements." Don't fall for it. Do not provide any personal
information to any caller. If you are wondering when your card will
arrive contact Social Security directly.
Keep the following in mind while you wait for your new card:
new card will be sent directly to your mailing address. If you
need to update your address, call Social Security at
800-722-1213 or visit www.ssa.gov/myaccount.
you receive a phone call, email or text offering to help with
this transition. Ignore the call. Don't provide or even verify
any personal information to an unsolicited caller or written
cards will be mailed in waves. Cards for Colorado residents are
not scheduled to be mailed until after June 2018. It is likely
that Colorado beneficiaries will not receive their new cards
until late 2018 or early 2019.
you receive your new card, shred and/or thoroughly destroy your
provide your new number to doctors, your insurers, pharmacists,
health care providers or others who you trust to work with
Medicare on your behalf.
Here's how to protect your Medicare/Social Security
number from being compromised until you receive your new card:
not carry your Medicare card around with you unless you are
going to the doctor or pharmacy that day.
a photo copy of your Medicare card. On the copy, Sharpie through
the first five numbers, leaving only the last 4 visible-That
information is usually sufficient for most needs.
give your number to anyone who calls you. (It may be different
if you are initiating a call.)
scammers will pose as workers from the IRS, Social Security
office or financial institutions to try and get your personal
information. Remember, no legitimate company will ever call
asking for your personal information. None. Zero. Zip. If that
happens hang up.
Additionally, know who really needs your SSN and who
doesn't. There are organizations that require your SSN,
including your employer, the IRS and financial institutions. But
there are many other organizations that, while they ask for your SSN,
they don't really need it. Don't be afraid to ask if the company
really needs the number.
It's Almost Tax Time!
The IRS is encouraging all of us to file early and
electronically. It's a safest way to circumvent scammers.
Elder Abuse is not ok, yet each year
approximately 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced
some form of elder abuse. Some estimates range as high as 5
million elders who are abused each year. One study estimated
that only 1 in 14 cases of abuse are reported to
Know the signs of
Elder Abuse. If anything sounds familiar, call the Police
or Adult Protective Services right away.
THINK YOU'VE BEEN SCAMMED?
If you suspect you've been scammed or exploited, call
Hot Line to report it. 720-913-9179