Wednesday, July 1, 2015

SCAM Warning: Local Photographers Targetted

The Event Is Usually A Family Reunion, The Scam Is The Same Overpayment

Mesa County, Colo. -- The overpayment scam is circling the the communities across America right now, with one local photographer letting us know she was contacted by email. The scam can start with a phone call or email, requesting a photographer for an event, usually a family reunion. Whatever the large scale event the consumer is requesting services for, they end up connecting the business with an "event planner" to continue the transaction.

A large payment is made to the photographer, they are asked to take out the payment for their services and then forward on the remaining overpayment to the event planner. The sample email below outlines a recent email solicitation that likely was the beginning of an attempt to complete an overpayment scam. Notice the many grammar errors, like the period in the name signature, family is capitalized, the "I" is lower case, etc. These are initial red flags and should immediately cause the recipient to be cautious in further contact.

In the end, the legitimate photographer/business makes a deposit into their account and passes along the excess payment to the third party, before the photographer finds out the original payment was bogus. When this scam is successful, the third party who received the overpayment is long gone and identifying a suspect is nearly impossible.

Idaho Better Business Bureau recently did a news highlight of this type of scam, click here to watch the three minute news segment. In this video clip are also great tips on how to vet potential customers/scammers.

SCAM EMAIL SAMPLE

From: c.derek54@gmail.com [mailto:c.derek54@gmail.com] On Behalf Of Krystal Collins
Sent: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 5:04 PM
To: xxxxxx@xxxx.com
Subject: Family Reunion Event

Hi!

My name is Krystal Collins. My Family reunion is coming up and i want you capture the memorable event. Also, do you accept credit card as a form of payment?

Regards,
Krystal.

Woman Arrested On Child Abuse Charges

Woman So Drunk She Can't Talk, Three Kids In Her Care

Mesa County, Colo. -- Yesterday evening, deputies were dispatched to a park in the area of 32 1/2 and D 1/2 Roads, in Clifton, for a reported adult female excessively intoxicated. Deputies found the woman, Amberly Roswell, 31, of Grand Junction, only able to mumble unintelligible words/sounds. Three children, ranging in age from 2 to 6 years old, were thirsty and placed in an air conditioned vehicle by deputies after it was determined they were associated with Amberly. 

The vehicle on-site within Amberly immediate location had empty soda cans, trash and dirty diapers in it, as noted by deputies in their arrest report. A half empty bottle of vodka was also found inside the vehicle. Deputies had Department of Human Services caseworkers respond to the scene to appropriately care for the children while Amberly was transported by ambulance to an area hospital due to her level of intoxication.

According to court records, Amberly is restrained from consuming alcohol or illegal controlled substances from a prior DUI conviction (in 2013). She was combative with deputies and the Clifton Fire Department (ambulance crew). She was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on charges associated with child abuse, violation of a protection order and driving under restraint because of previous DUI.

A booking photo is not currently available, but will be posted here when it becomes available. For updated bond information on any inmate currently in our detention facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Meth, Heroin and Marijuana Top Weekend Drug Arrests

Weekend Arrest Recap: Meth, Heroin & Marijuana

Michael McIlveene, 20
MCSO Booking Photo
Mesa County, Colo. -- Friday, June 26, at 8:40 p.m., deputies working the camp ground of the Loudwire music festival contacted 20-year-old, Michael McIlveene, of Manitou Springs, Colo. Initially, Michael was issued a summons for underage consumption of marijuana. Although, through further investigation, deputies located more than 10 grams of suspected heroin, 9 unused hypodermic needles and other evidence supporting felony drug use by Michael. (Clarification note: While personal amounts of marijuana are legal in Colorado, only for adults 21 years and older.)

He was transported by deputies to the Mesa County Detention Facility and booked into jail on charges associated with possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Christopher Nichols, 30
MCSO Booking Photo
On Saturday, June 27, around 9:30 p.m., Christopher Nichols, 30, of Grand Junction, was arrested following a traffic stop in the area of 30 Road and Hill Court. Deputies located suspected methamphetamine inside the vehicle driven and owned by Christopher, located in plain view. Christopher also spoke with deputies later in the night, admitting to snorting and injecting crystal meth. In addition, he told deputies he hadn't sleep in several days and didn't recall the last time he had slept.

The total packaged weight of the suspected meth was more than 10 grams. Christopher was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on charges of driving under the influence of drugs, possession of a schedule II controlled substance (meth), no proof of insurance, failing to drive in a single lane, no registration in vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without wearing a seatbelt.

Esau Matus, 19, of Grand Junction, was arrested on Sunday, June 28, at about 9:30 p.m., in the area of I-70 Business Loop and 32 Road, Clifton. Deputies conducting speed checks in the area with certified radar, clocked him going 10 miles an hour over the posted speed limit. Esau's driver's license was suspended for a DUI (alcohol offense) arrest in March 2015.

Esau Matus, 19
MCSO Booking Photo
Deputies located a marijuana smoking pipe inside Esau's truck, packed with marijuana and an additional bag of marijuana next to the pipe. He was booked into the jail on charges related to driving under the influence (of drugs), driving with a revoked license for (previous) DUI, no proof of insurance, speeding, seatbelt violation, possession of marijuana by an dunderage person and marijuana paraphernalia possession by an underage person.

For updated bond information on any inmate currently in our detention facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry website.