Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, March 8, 2019
From the Office of the Chief of Police

Over the past 2 weeks I have been receiving numerous calls where an unknown person calls my cell phone and does not leave a message. Usually, the calls are from the same area code associated with my phone number and often looks familiar. Thinking that this might be phishing attempt, I did a little research before calling the number back. On-line research showed the number to be affiliated with fraudulent activity. This type of scamming comes and goes and apparently it is once again back in our area.  The caller calls your number and hangs up almost immediately.  The number that appears on your caller ID is a spoofed number that is computer generated based on your phone number and area code.  The goal of the scam is to get you to call back. Your call is then either routed through to a 1-900 number where charges start at $8-9 per minute up to $20 or more. The 1-900 service is usually located off-shore.


The other scam associated with these types of calls is the person will start to ask questions of you, all of which are geared to get you respond to a question with a “Yes”.  What is happening in the background is, you are being recorded and your “yes” response will be used against you to order some type of service that will result in either additional phone charges (tolls) or the shipment of goods or sale of services.  When you challenge the invoice, they play back your voice of the phishing phone call where they have edited your voice response stating “yes” when asked and then confirming if you want the service and agree to the terms.  While these scam calls can usually be disputed and over-turned by working with your phone service provider the ones that result in invoices are designed to get you to just pay the first month or cancellation fee just because it is easier to handle the situation that way. The thief makes a quick couple of bucks for doing nothing and you end up with nothing in return. But then again, some criminals will make things even worse and sell your information on the dark web and you end up being revictimized again.


So, the best way to avoid these scams is not to call back unknown numbers, especially ones that do not leave a message.  The scammers are banking on your curiosity. Anything that is that important, will usually result in the person leaving you a message. If you do not recognize the number do not hit redial.  Delete the number and forget about it.  If you have children who have cell phones, please have a conversation with them about not calling back unknown phone numbers. Kids seem to be especially vulnerable to these “Call-back” scams.


And along these same lines, remember a text message appearing to be from your bank or financial institution asking you to call them back to verify a password or PIN is almost always a phishing attempt. If ever in doubt, you should call your bank directly with a phone number that you know is valid. No short cuts, clicking on links or hitting redial.


Hard to believe that it is Spring Break already.   Remember if you are going out of town this week to make sure your home is set up for our house watch list. You can register your home by either calling us at 713-365-3700 or on-line at www.mvpdtx.org and clicking on the Blue House icon on the lower right side of the screen. Before you leave, please ensure that your home is secure, and your alarms are activated, and security cameras are on and recording. Our officers will be working hard this week monitoring area properties.


Solicitors.  This week I received notification from a national soliciting organization that they will soon be in the Memorial area for their annual enrollment and fund-raising campaign. This particular group is exempt from the Soliciting Ordinances due to their tax-exempt, non-profit, political or religious status (Federal Law).  As with all groups, we will ask that they honor the No Soliciting list of residents who have requested that solicitors not disturb them at their homes. We will provide them copies of the Villages No Soliciting registered properties. Again, unfortunately they do not have to abide by the list if they do not want to. This particular organization has informed us that they will be in the Villages during the evening hours. We will encourage them not to be out too late, but they are telling us they are planning on working to 7 pm or later.  We will continue to monitor the situation, but we did want to let everyone know that the group will be here.  All workers will be properly credentialed with a photo ID.


Have a great weekend and enjoyable Spring Break.  Chief Ray Schultz rschultz@mvpdtx.org

 

Weekly Crime Report

Hunters Creek

3/4/19 at 1715 Hours. 10700 block of Marsha Lane. Fraud. The victim reported that he received a letter from a credit card company today that they believed that a fraudulent account had been opened in his name. Upon researching the matter, the victim was able to confirm the opening of a fraudulent account.  The account was closed, and information was provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.


3/6/19 at 0230 Hours. 700 Block of Voss. Driving While Intoxicated. Officer while on routine patrol observed a vehicle traveling on Voss Road unable to maintain a proper traffic lane and initiated a traffic stop.  Upon approaching the driver, the officer detected the signs of alcohol impairment.  The driver was asked to perform sobriety tests. The driver failed the tests and was placed under arrest. Upon arrival to the Harris County Jail, the driver took a breath test that showed his blood alcohol to be nearly twice the legal limit.  The 33-year-old male suspect was then booked into the jail.


Bunker Hill

3/6/19 at 1645 Hours. 100 Block of Concord. Criminal Mischief. The homeowner contacted the MVPD in reference to damage to her mailbox. A moving truck had been observed parked out by her mail box as a neighbor is in the process of moving. The mailbox had been knocked off of its foundation as it appears to have been hit by a large vehicle. Officers are attempting to contact the moving company to determine if they caused the damage. A report was initiated documenting the damage.

 

Piney Point

No significant events 

 
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