2016 January – December

2016 NEWS

December 22, 2016 – TEG Bank Robbery

On December 22, 2016 at approximately 2:00 p.m., the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to a hold-up alarm at the TEG Federal Credit Union, 11 Marist Drive in the town. While officers were responding, a TEG bank employee confirmed with a dispatcher that they were robbed of an undetermined amount of cash and the suspect had fled on foot towards Route 9. The suspect is described as an African-American male wearing face make-up to lighten his complexion; 30-40 years of age; 5’10”-5’11” / 185-190 pounds; wearing a blue colored flannel print winter jacket, tan winter hat and black gloves. No weapons were threatened or displayed during the incident. Officers were assisted at the scene by with a K-9 Unit from the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone who may have witnessed someone in the area fitting this description is asked to contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Detective Division at 845-485-3670.

December 16, 2016 – Department Promotions

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department is proud to announce the Promotion of three Officers at the recent Town Board meeting. As the Police Department grows and continues to operate as a professional police agency it is only natural with growth comes change. In recent years the department has undergone several Command Staff Promotions including a new Chief and two new Captains. In addition, several new promotions to the Detective Division were also filled. In 2016 the Department also saw numerous retirements. Such tremendous movement within the department has allowed for the need to make these three most recent promotions. On Wednesday, December 14th, at the Town of Poughkeepsie Town Board meeting, the Board voted unanimously to make the following Promotions:

Sergeant Gary Hulbert was promoted to the rank of Patrol Lieutenant, effective December 19, 2016. Sgt. Hulbert has served most recently as the Community Policing Sergeant. As part of his duties he was responsible for coordinating all Community based programs and events. In addition to his assignment as the Community Policing Sergeant, he was also responsible for coordinating the Training Division of the Department. He was also recently tasked with the oversight of the Traffic Division stemming from a recent retirement of the Traffic Division Sergeant. He has been with the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department, since 2003. Sgt. Hulbert has demonstrated a tremendous degree of leadership and organizational skill, not to mention his ability to take on numerous additional duties and excel in his execution of all assigned tasks. During his time on Patrol he served as an FTO (Field Training Officer), Crime Scene Technician, and Crisis Negotiator. Sergeant Hulbert has earned an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from SUNY Fulton-Montgomery College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Marist College, and is currently an MPA candidate at Southern New Hampshire University.

Officer Shannon Rodriguez was promoted to the rank of Patrol Sergeant, effective December 19, 2016. Officer Rodriguez has served as a Patrol Officer for the town of Poughkeepsie since 1999. During her time with the Department she has served in various capacities. She has served as a Crime Scene Technician, as well as a Crisis Negotiator. She has demonstrated an excellent working knowledge of the Patrol Division and its standards and Procedures. She has also been an intricate part of the FTO (Field Training Officer) program. Officer Rodriguez has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Marist College.

Detective Erin Beale was promoted to the rank of Patrol Sergeant, effective December 19, 2016. Detective Beale has served as a Police Officer since 2007. She was assigned to the position of Detective in early 2016. Prior to her assignment to the Detective Division, she was also a Crime Scene Technician and an FTO (Field Training Officer). In her short time here as a Town of Poughkeepsie Police Officer, Detective Beale has received several specialized schools and training that will certainly be a tremendous value in her new role as a Patrol Sergeant. Detective Beale has earned an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Dutchess Community College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from SUNY New Paltz and a Master of Criminal Justice Degree from Boston University.

December 7, 2016 – Arson Arrest

On December 6, 2016, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department arrested 63 year-old Suzanne Tucker, a resident of the town, following a fire at an apartment complex on November 22, 2016. At the time of the incident, officers were requested by the Fairview Fire Department as Tucker was reported to be uncooperative and continued to remain inside her apartment despite an active fire. An investigation by members of the police department, along with the Fire Investigation Division of the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response, determined Tucker had intentionally set two separate fires inside her apartment.
Tucker was arraigned in the Town of Poughkeepsie Justice court on the charges of Arson Third Degree (C-Felony) and Reckless Endangerment (D-Felony). Tucker was remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond and is scheduled to reappear on December 7, 2016.

December 2, 2016 – Organized Check Fraud Ring

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department is conducting an ongoing investigation into an organized check fraud ring operating in and around Dutchess County, which has involved fictitious payroll checks being deposited or attempting to be deposited into accounts at a local bank.
As a result of the investigation, the Detective Division arrested 23 year-old Tyrell R. Barker, with residences in Highland and Brooklyn, N.Y., on November 15, 2016 and again on November 30, 2016. During both arrests, Barker was charged with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument (D-Felony) and Grand Larceny Third Degree (D-Felony). Barker was arraigned in the Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and was remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond for the first arrest and $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond for the second arrest. Barker is scheduled to return to court on December 5, 2016.
As a result of this investigation, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department will be filing similar charges against Barker for incidents that occurred in the Town of East Fishkill and City of Poughkeepsie. The investigating is continuing and additional arrests are expected. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Detective Division at 845-485-3670.

November 3, 2016 – Seasonal Ordinances

Residents in the Town of Poughkeepsie are reminded of upcoming seasonal related ordinances in the town.

Town Ordinance 195-30a, prohibits vehicles from being parked on any street, road or highway in the Town of Poughkeepsie or a parking lot maintained by the town, between the hours of 12:00 A.M. – 8 A.M. from November 1st-April 1st.

Town Ordinance 174-2, reminds owners or occupants of homes to remove snow and ice from sidewalks within four hours after any snowfall occurring between 6:00 A.M.- 6:00 P.M. or within six hours thereafter.

Town Ordinance 174-5, reminds owner or occupant to remove snow from around a fire hydrant for a distance of two feet and between the sidewalk or the curb to keep the fire hydrant free from snow throughout the winter.

For more information, go to www.townpolice.net and click on “town ordinances” or contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department at 845-485-3666.

October 6, 2016 – ATM Skimmers

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department and the Hyde Park Police Department are investigating several incidents in which skimming devices have been placed on ATMs at Banks located in the Town of Poughkeepsie and Town of Hyde Park.

Since the beginning of September, two bank locations, one in the Town of Poughkeepsie and one in the Town of Hyde Park, have been targeted by two suspects placing the devices. The skimming devices were placed on the ATMs at each bank location during the month of September. The devices recorded the victims’ account numbers, and authorization codes. That information was later used fraudulently.
The Town of Poughkeepsie Police department and Hyde Park Police Department are requesting the publics’ assistance in identifying the suspects from surveillance photographs at the ATMs.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department at (845)485-3666.

Due to these recent incidents involving ATM skimmers, detectives are offering the following tips to protect residents from becoming victimized when using an ATM or other credit card reader:
 Inspect the ATM, gas pump, or credit card reader before using it. Be suspicious if you notice that any parts are loose, crooked, or damaged or if you notice scratches or adhesive or tape residue on the device.
 When entering your pin, block the keypad with your other hand to prevent possible hidden cameras from recording your number.
 If possible, use an ATM that is located inside of the bank as these machines are less accessible to criminals to install skimmers.
 If the ATM is located inside the bank and your card is required to access the inside, check the card reader prior to swiping your card.
 Use caution when using ATMs in tourist areas. These machines are popular targets of skimmers.
 If your card is not returned after the transaction or after hitting “cancel”, immediately contact the financial institution that issued the card.
 Beware of “shoulder surfers” – individuals behind you who may be looking over your shoulder to obtain your PIN number.

In all instances, if you are suspicious of a device, do not use it, and notify the financial institution of your concerns immediately or contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department at (845) 485-3666.

September 26, 2016 – Fatal Motorcycle Accident

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit is investigating a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Route 9, north of Spring Road, involving a fatality. The accident was reported through Dutchess County 911 at approximately 5:47 p.m. on Sunday evening. The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit was assisted in the investigation by members from the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office. A section of Route 9 remained closed in both directions overnight until the completion of the accident investigation early this morning.

A preliminary investigation shows that the accident occurred when a 2011 BMW 328i, being operated by an 18 year-old female from Cypress, Texas, was exiting a local business. As the operator was exiting the business, a 2003 Honda motorcycle, being operated by 28 year-old Brian Freer from the City of Poughkeepsie, collided with her vehicle in the roadway. On and off-duty officers with the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department, along with Arlington Fire Department personnel, performed CPR on the motorcyclist at the scene. He was transported to Vassar Brothers Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:29 p.m. Anyone that may have witnessed the accident is asked to contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Traffic Enforcement Division at 845-485-3680. The investigation is continuing with the assistance of the Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s Office.

September 14, 2016 – Black Bear Sighting

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department advises residents of a black bear in the Arlington area of the Town. The bear had been sighted in the pre-dawn hours near the Holy Trinity Church by Raymond Avenue and Main Street. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recommends reducing food sources outside by cleaning barbeque grills after use, removing bird feeders, and not leaving pet food outside. Garbage cans should be kept inside a secure area if possible and placed outside the morning of pick up, rather than the night before.

Residents are urged not to approach or spook the bear. You can report bear sightings or activity to the New Paltz DEC Office at 845-256-3098, or if there is an immediate emergency, contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department at 845-485-3666 or by dialing 911.

September 6, 2016 – Town Police Warn of Suspicious Activity

Poughkeepsie, NY- On Monday, September 5, 2016 at approximately 6:10pm the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to the area of South Road (Route 9) and Beechwood Avenue for the report of two teens approached by the passenger of a white van. It was reported that the passenger of the van, a man with a tan complexion, possibly Hispanic, approached the teens with unknown intentions. The teens did not engage the subject in any further conversation and were able to leave the area without further incident. The van proceeded to travel in an unknown direction. The teens were unable to provide a more detailed description of the occupants of the van or a better description of the van. An investigation by members of the Town of Poughkeepsie Patrol and Detective Division is ongoing. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Town of Poughkeepsie Police at 845-485-3666.

August 8, 2016 – New Stop Signs – Overocker Road

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department advises motorists travelling on Overocker Road, between Mountainview Road and Peckham Road, of two new stop signs that will take effect on Tuesday August 9, 2016. The new stop signs on Overocker Road are at the Dutchess County Rail Trail crossing. Motorists must continue to exercise caution and yield to pedestrians crossing at this crosswalk.

July 13, 2016 – Scam Warning

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department warns residents that we continue to receive complaints regarding different types of telephone scams. Regardless of the type, the caller (scammer) will attempt to steal your money and/or personal information. The most popular type of scam has been the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scam, however, residents have reported recent telephone calls in which the scammer reports that their family member is being held hostage or threaten to shoot a family member, stating they must wire money for their safety. Other scams have included jury duty, lottery, utility company, computer repair and scams reporting a loved one has been arrested or injured in an accident. Scams could also come in the form of an e-mail.
With the IRS scam, typically a scammer impersonating the IRS will claim that you owe back taxes or have a warrant for your arrest due to non-payment and they will threaten you with arrest, jail time or license suspension if you don’t provide payment immediately. The caller could also advise you that you are owed a refund while attempting to confirm your personal information. The legitimate IRS will not call regarding these issues rather they will send you written correspondence.
It is important to note that a scammer may use spoofing software that disguises the caller ID, and the display could appear authentic, such as a recognized telephone number or name. The scammer will often sound threatening and intimidating while instructing a victim to wire money or purchase a prepaid debit card and call back with the serial number. You should be aware that the scammer may already know some personal information about you or your family, but do not be tricked into believing the authenticity of the scammer. Additionally the scammer may call repeatedly, leaving “urgent” messages and become increasingly aggressive.
If a scammer calls you, do not engage the caller, rather hang up and do not return calls. Do not provide any personal or financial information. Do not wire money or provide prepaid debit card serial numbers or your own financial account information. If you receive a call and want to check the authenticity, call the company associated with the call or the family member that is claiming to be harmed, to confirm the facts. Residents residing in the Town of Poughkeepsie can report telephone scams by calling the police department at 845-485-3666.

July 7, 2016 – K-9 Robbie retires

It is with great sadness, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department announces the retirement of K-9 Robbie, an 8 year-old German Shepherd, who spent his seven year career with Police Officer Raymond Marino. Officer Marino and K-9 Robbie completed Basic Patrol School in June of 2009.
In 2010, the team earned certification form the North American Police Work Dog Association and the National Narcotics Detector Dog Association in both patrol and narcotics detection. In 2011, they earned certification from the Eastern Police Canine Association (EPCA) in Patrol and Street Ready Police Dog and Patrol Narcotics Dog Level 1. In 2012, Officer Marino and K-9 Robbie earned the advanced titles of Certified Police Dog Level 1 and Patrol Narcotics Dog Level 2. Most recently in 2013, K-9 Robbie earned the most advanced patrol dog title in the country, EPCA’s certified Police Dog Level 2. Twenty-six K-9 teams in the Northeast vied for this level of certification and they were one of two teams that received the high standard for certification.
Very recently, K-9 Robbie suffered a debilitating injury to his left front leg, which required amputation and forced him into an unanticipated career ending retirement.

July 5, 2016 – Car Accident

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit reports investigating a two-car personal injury accident that occurred at approximately 10:00 a.m. on July 3, 2016 at the intersection of Marple Road and Seitz Terrace. A preliminary investigation indicates a northbound 2008 BMW operated by a 25 year old Town of Poughkeepsie man collided with an eastbound 2017 Subaru operated by a 30 year old Town of Poughkeepsie woman. After the collision, the vehicles continued onto the property located at the northeast corner of the intersection, where the Subaru rolled over and struck the residence, causing minor damage to the house. The residents were not home at the time of the accident.

The intersection was closed to traffic for several hours during the investigation. Both operators were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. There were no other occupants of the vehicles. The Town of Poughkeepsie Police were assisted at the scene by the Arlington Fire Department and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The investigation is still ongoing and police ask anyone who may have witnessed the accident to call the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department at 845-485-3666

June 24, 2016 – Summer Safety

With the arrival of summer, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department would like to remind residents to consider some ways to protect your home while you are away for the day or extended periods of time.

Home Safety Tips – Away for Extended Periods

1) Ask a trusted person (family, friend or neighbor) to stay at your house while you’re away or check on the house regularly
2) If you don’t have someone staying at the house or checking, stop your mail and newspaper delivery
3) Continue property maintenance, such as mowing
4) Keep a vehicle parked in the driveway to make it appear someone is home
5) Change in appearance can be a hint nobody is home (ie. closing curtains or blinds that aren’t normally closed) and it makes it difficult for police officers to see in
6) Remove a hidden spare key you may have around the outside of the house
7) Consider turning the water off to avoid a potential flood and unplug unnecessary appliances
8) Advise the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department you will be away and provide a contact for you or someone that could respond in the event of an emergency
9) Secure, hide or remove valuables inside the house, such as jewelry
10) Vehicle owners should not store their actual home address in their GPS or vehicle navigation, rather put a destination you know that is close to your house. Additionally, don’t leave personal papers in the vehicle with your home address (ie. vehicle registration/insurance card)

Home Safety Tips – Anytime

1) Install an alarm system and use it
2) Be careful leaving garage door controllers in your vehicle, especially if the garage offers entry into the house
3) Use timers for interior and exterior lights
4) Install motion sensor exterior lights that can’t be accessed easily
5) Confirm windows and doors are locked whenever you leave
6) Inexpensive video technology is available for your house, which will send you a text message when there is motion and you can view the camera on your cell phone while you are away
7) Don’t post on social media, such as Facebook, when you are going to be away, and don’t “check-in” real time outings that reveal your location or that you are in fact away

If you are leaving your vehicle someplace long term while travelling, consider removing documents that contain your personal information, especially if you leave your keys with an attendant. Maintain a perception that the home is actively lived in. If you can’t have a trusted person stay at your home, have someone keep their eyes on your property, anything suspicious should be noted and reported to the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department at 845-485-3666.

June 21, 2016

On June 17, 2016, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department executed a search warrant at a residence in the Town of Hyde Park, with the assistance of the Town of Hyde Park Police Department, New York State Police C.N.E.T., Dutchess County Drug Task Force and the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office.

The investigation commenced upon information received pertaining to a large amount of stolen property located in Hyde Park, which was stolen from a Town of Poughkeepsie business. As a result of the search warrant, a large amount of stolen property was recovered. In addition, a large sum of U.S. currency, marijuana, heroin, and a weapon were also recovered.

The investigation resulted in two arrests. The first defendant was arrested by the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department, arraigned in the Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail without bail, to return on June 22, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

The second defendant was arrested by the Town of Hyde Park Police Department and released on an appearance ticket, returnable to the Town of Hyde Park Justice Court on July 7, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

The incident remains under investigation.

Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Arrest Information:
Henry R. Masten Age: 47
Hyde Park, NY
Charge: Grand Larceny 3rd Degree, D-Felony

Town of Hyde Park Police Department Arrest Information:
Mark E. Laurange Jr. Age: 36
Hyde Park, NY
Charges: Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th Degree, A-Misdemeanor
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, A-Misdemeanor:
Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Violation

June 3, 2016 – Burglary, Residence

On June 2, 2016 at approximately 11:53 am, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department received a report of a possible burglary in progress at a residence on Fair Way, Poughkeepsie, NY. The resident reported hearing someone knocking on the door and then observed two male subjects standing outside of the residence. The resident called police and then entered a bedroom, locking the door as the suspects forced entry into the home. As responding officers arrived, the suspects fled into a wooded area behind the home. A K9 track led to the suspects who were hiding under a large tarp several hundred yards away. They were taken into custody without incident and charged with Burglary in the second degree, a Class C Felony.

ARREST INFORMATION

Freddy-Yovanny Ruiz-Garcia, age 35, of Queens, NY.

Syrus-Edwing Pena-Guerra, age 36, of Queens, NY.

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION
The Defendants were arraigned before Judge Paul Sullivan and were remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond and are scheduled to return to the Town of Poughkeepsie Court on 6/8/16 at 2:30PM.

April 28, 2016 – Attempted Armed Robbery

On Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 11: 50 pm, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police responded to the Acropolis Diner 829 Main Street for an attempted armed robbery of the diner.

Responding Officers determined that there were in fact two separate attempted robberies at the location. The suspect attempted to rob a diner employee of money from the register and when he was unsuccessful he left the diner and attempted to rob a female patron that was entering the diner. The suspect was then chased away by the diner employee that he initially attempted to rob. The suspect threatened the use of a weapon but none was displayed during either of the incidents.

The Town of Poughkeepsie Detective Division conducted an investigation and subsequently identified, located and arrested the suspect the next day at 12:30 pm.

Detectives determined that the suspect was currently under parole supervision for a prior Town of Poughkeepsie robbery conviction in 2008. The NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision – Poughkeepsie Office assisted in the investigation and subsequently issued a violation of parole warrant against the suspect.

ARREST INFORMATION
Defendant: Anthony Vero Age: 55 Highview Estates 26 Cooper Rd Apt #408 Town of Poughkeepie, NY
Charges: NYS Penal Law: Attempted Robbery Third Degree 160.05 – 2 Counts – Class E Felonies

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION
THE DEFENDANT WAS ARRAIGNED BEFORE TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE JUDGE KRAKOWER AND WAS REMANDED TO DUTCHESS COUNTY JAIL IN LIEU OF NO BAIL. THE DEFENDANT IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN THE TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE COURT ON 5/4/16.

April 8, 2016 – TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE POLICE RE-ACCREDITED BY NEW YORK STATE DIVISION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES

Poughkeepsie, NY—The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department was recognized for earning re-accreditation from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), Law Enforcement Accreditation Program at a meeting of the DCJS Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation Council held in Albany, NY March 3, 2016.

The department originally achieved accredited status in March of 2010 and was re-assessed for a five-year period covering 2011-2015. Accreditation involves compliance with 133 standards that represent best practices in law enforcement.

Accreditation is described by DCJS as, “a progressive and contemporary way of helping police agencies evaluate and improve their overall performance. It provides formal recognition that an organization meets or exceeds general expectations of quality in the field. Accreditation acknowledges the implementation of policies that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.”

Chief Spero stated, “This honor was only achievable due to the hard work and professionalism of every member of the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department and demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest level of service to the community we serve.”

March 31, 2016 Strong-Arm Robbery

On March 24, 2016 at approximately 4:24 AM, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department received a report of a Robbery which had occurred at 47 Main Street New Hamburg, NY. The victim reported to police that he was physically assaulted and his money stolen.
Responding officers located a 19 year old male who was identified as being involved in the incident. This subject was transported to the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department and interviewed by Detectives. During the interview, the suspect made admissions of his involvement and was subsequently charged. The investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Detective Division at 845-485-3670.

ARREST INFORMATION:

NAME: NICHOLAS MICHAEL COLON DOB:12/14/1996 AGE:19
ADDRESS: 47 MAIN ST POUGHKEEPSIE (TOWN) NY
CHARGE: ROBBERY-3RD D FELONY

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION: Arraigned and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond.

February 19, 2016 Road Closure

The Town of Poughkeepsie Sewer Department advises that Tucker Drive will be closed near Friendly Lane on Saturday, February 20, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for sewer repairs.

It is recommended that motorists use VanWagner Road to Tucker Drive to access the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department or the Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union.

February 5, 2016 IRS Telephone Scam

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department warns citizens about “Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Scams” that have been common and will likely increase during tax season. This type of scam is intended to steal your money and/or personal information.
Typically a caller (scammer) impersonating the IRS will claim that you owe back taxes or have a warrant for your arrest due to non-payment and they will threaten you with arrest, jail time or license suspension if you don’t provide payment immediately. An alternative method is the scammer may claim you’re owed a refund from the IRS and request your personal information to process it. Be aware that the caller may use spoofing software that disguises the caller ID, and it could appear as the “Internal Revenue Service” or displays their phone number.
The scammer will often sound threatening and intimidating while instructing a victim to wire money or purchase a prepaid debit card and call back with the serial number. You should be aware, the scammer may already know the last 4 digits of your social security number, but do not be tricked into believing the authenticity of the scammer. Additionally the scammer may call repeatedly, leaving “urgent” messages and become increasingly aggressive.
The legitimate IRS will never call to demand immediate payment. The IRS provides notice in writing of delinquent taxes and penalties, and allows you to protest or appeal the amount owed. Furthermore the IRS will not ask for payment over the phone or threaten immediate arrest.
If a scammer calls you, do not engage the caller, rather hang up and do not return calls. Do not provide any personal or financial information. Do not wire money or provide prepaid debit card serial numbers or your own financial account information. If you receive a call and want to check the authenticity, call the IRS at their published phone number directly if you think you are delinquent or are owed a refund. Finally, you can report incidents to your local police department and/or the Attorney General’s Office. If you are a Town of Poughkeepsie resident, you can contact the police department at 845-485-3666.

January 2016 – No press releases

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