Crime

Have You Been E-Pickpocketed - Without Even Knowing it?

Have You Been E-Pickpocketed - Without Even Knowing it?

 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It can happen anywhere. In an urban shopping center like the Jacksonville Landing or a sporting event like a baseball game.

"Is this a good thing or a bad thing? " ask one cardholder.

Bad - it can happen right under your nose.

New technology used in smart cards, speed passes and newly issued passports make it easier for a pickpocket to steal your card information.

It is called electronic pick pocketing. Walt Augustinowicz, a former insurance executive, has the ability to walk through a crowd and pickpocket credit card information.

"The biggest vulnerability is the fact that they don't know," said Augustinowicz.

Six Indicted on RICO Charges for Home Invasion, Bank Robberies

Six Indicted on RICO Charges for Home Invasion, Bank Robberies

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Six men have been indicted in connection with multiple armed bank and armed home invasion robberies.

Six men in their 20s and 30s have been indicted on 22 counts under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. They each face up to 20 years to life in federal prison.

The men are suspected members of a relatively new gang, police said, the Guardians in Jacksonville out of Arlington.

The following were indicted: Maynard Kenneth Godwin, 31; Andrew Chase Wilkie, 29; Billy James Harper, 29; Jonathan David Hart, 29; Eric Steven Ellis, 26; and
Brock Roger Skov, 31; all of Jacksonville.

Today, officials from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Clay County Sheriff's Office and St. Johns County Sheriff's Office announced that the six are suspected of witness intimidation, possession of illegal firearms, distribution of stolen merchandise, and distribution of cocaine, steroids and oxycodone.

Spotting an Impostor: Scammers Pose as Friends, Family and Government Agencies

It’s easy to think “It couldn’t happen to me.” But scammers know how to get around our better judgment. They play on our emotions or promise big payoffs to get us to act. And many use the names of government agencies like the FTC, trusted companies, or friends and family to get us to buy into their schemes. We may not be able to spot the impostor until it’s too late.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, wants you to know that scammers are posing as people, agencies and companies you know and trust. They may use phone calls, emails, letters, faxes or even text messages in their deceptions. To see past the disguise, you need to be alert to signs of an impostor scam:

DCF Calls Out Fake Food Stamp Website

DCF Calls Out Fake Food Stamp Website

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Division of Children and Families is calling a website that purports to help people apply for food stamps online a scam.

According to spokesperson John Harrell, getfoodstampsnow.org is not a place for people to turn to online as a means to get food stamps.

In fact, Harrell said the DCF website, http://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/, is the only legitimate way for those who need assistance to get it.

"The problem and the danger is that they could be giving their personal information to people who could be scamming them out of money. This is of great concern to us at DCF because there's a lot of people who are suffering at this time economically. And there are websites that are taking money from people who don't have much to begin with," Harrell said.

Tonight: 17th Annual Bud Light Draft Party at SUITE & Whisky River

Tonight: 17th Annual Bud Light Draft Party at SUITE & Whisky River

Join the Jacksonville Jaguars as they host the 17th Annual Bud Light Draft Party presented by PRI Productions at 6:30 p.m. on tonight, at The Markets at Town Center, between SUITE and Whisky River. Admission is free for an evening of football and festivities. 

6th Annual Stop Teen Underage Drinking Rally Today in Jacksonville

6th Annual Stop Teen Underage Drinking  Rally Today in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Students from all of Duval county's public high schools are participating in the Stop Teenage Underage Drinking (S.T.U.D.) Rally.

The event addresses issues relating to underage drinking and lifestyle choices that teens face on a daily basis.

The S.T.U.D. Rally begins at 7 A.M. at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium.

Possible 'Home Owner' Energy Audit Phone Scam

For well over a week now, a call comes in from 904-525-2895, a cell phone with a recording telling me about a free energy audit appointment I can set up and get $3,700 from a government program. I pressed one, as prompted, to ask a few questions about this free energy audit that was going to put $3,700 in my pocket (if I qualify).