Police Department News

Facebook Scams

Be careful what you click on Facebook. Two scam posts could put your personal information at risk. One of them promises a "too good to be true" offer for a free iPhone 6. The other shows what appears to be a story about a woman being kill...ed by her husband. Do not click on these--they could lead to the installation of malicious programs on your computer.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: http://www.wbay.com/story/26561892/2-new-facebook-scams-could-steal-your-personal-information
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Money Scams

This is a reminder to all that there continues to be phone scams continuing to occur in Calumet County. Most of these scams originate overseas and the callers use many types of tactics that can be very convincing. Be extremely cautious and suspicious of people telling you to withdraw money from your bank, buy gift cards or pre-paid cards, or wire money. Recents scams have included: ...

1. You owe backed taxes to the IRS and if you don't pay an extreme amount of money right now they threaten you with being thrown in prison. This is a SCAM becaue the IRS will never contact you by phone and will not demand that you transfer money right away through pre-paid cash cards or electronic wire transfers.

2. A family member was mistakenly locked up in jail and needs money sent right away to get out of jail. They ask you to wire or send money making you think it is going for bail money. This is a SCAM and most likely nobody was ever actually incarcerated. Most jails require cash payment in person in order for a person to be released from jail.

Please share this with your family and neighbors, especially to senior citizens. Do not become a victim to these scams! Too many people have lost significant amounts of money and there is little to no chance of getting that money back. When in doubt, politely end the conversation and do some checking or call the sheriff's department to determine the caller's validity.

IRS Phone Scam

A warning to taxpayers.

#BBB is warning taxpayers about the largest phone scam in history. Don't fall for these fake IRS representatives calling: http://go.bbb.org/1nKRxz8


Scam Alert:

We have taken complaints of citizens receiving a suspicious text from
(920) 747-0969. The text states "BANK ALERT: Your CARD has been DEACTIVATED. Please call 920-569-6444". Upon calling the number you are instructed to enter your 16 digit card number and expiration date. DO NOT ENTER IN YOUR CARD NUMBER. This is a scam and they are phishing for your financial information. If you have any questions regarding your account, call your financial institution DIRECTLY.

Utility Scam:

A local business owner contacted our police department today to report that they had received a call from a company claiming to be collecting money owed on the business’ past due utilities. This is a scam and clearly the intent was to try to solicit credit and/or bank account information from the business.

Those of you in the Kiel area serviced by Kiel Utilities should know that KU... does not operate in this manner so if you receive one of these calls, simply hang up. Like some of the other scams we have seen, it is highly likely that this scam is being conducted by criminals operating outside of the USA. Please note that even if a telephone number shows on a caller ID it is most likely not a valid telephone number.

Remember, if in doubt, do not give out account information, end the call and contact your service provider directly and discuss your accounts in that manner.

Grandparent Scam:

I’ve sent out alerts about the “Grandparent Scam” in the past but we took a report today from a resident who received a call from a man claiming to be her grandson who said he was in jail in the Philippines and needed her to send him $2,000 via Western Union so he could get out of jail.

Fortunately our citizen was familiar with this scam as she had received our police department alerts about it and she had also read about it in our local newspaper so I am happy to report that she did not send any money.

Just a reminder that this scam is still out there.
Please spread the word so people are educated about this and hopefully do not fall victim to this scam.
I also posted a link to the FBI’s warning about it below.
Dave Funkhouser, Chief of Police

Kiel Police Department - 3-8-13

Search Warrant and Arrest:

On Wednesday March 6, 2013 just before 7:00pm, officers and investigators from the Kiel Police Department working with members of the Calumet County Drug Task force served a search warrant at a residence in the 900 block of Fremont Street.

Upon service of the search warrant, officers discovered a marijuana grow operation and seized marijuana plants, a small quantity of heroin, and drug paraphernalia.

A 27 year old Kiel man was taken into custody and later transported to the Calumet County jail where he is being held on felony charges related to possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

During this investigation and service of the search warrant, our police department received assistance from members of the Calumet County Drug Task force including police officers from the New Holstein and Chilton police departments, deputies from the Calumet County Sheriff’s Office, and a police officer and K-9 from the City of Manitowoc Police Department.

At this time I am not able to release any additional information about this case.

Dave Funkhouser, Chief of Police

New Holstein Police Department - 3-8-13

Thanks to everyone who came to the Homeshow to support our local businesses and organizations.

As a reminder Neighborhood Watch meeting is next week Monday March 11,2013 at 7:00 p.m. Meeting is in the Arps room at the library. Hope to see everyone there.