EG Police Reports: Scams, Scams & More Scams

by | Mar 13, 2014

These reports come from the East Greenwich Police Department and are public information. An arrest does not mean the individual has been convicted of a crime.

Monday, March 3

10:21 a.m. – An East Greenwich man told police he was the victim of identity theft, that his last two monthly Social Security direct deposits had been diverted from Washington Trust to a bank in Alabama. The Warwick Social Security office told the man the funds had been diverted by a request made in his name, a request he did not make. The man checked his Medicaid account and learned a new card had been mailed to him at a new address. No such request had been made in that case either. Social Security said it would conduct an investigation but needed a police report.

1:07 p.m. – An East Greenwich man told police he’d received a call on his cell phone telling him his brother, who lives in Providence, had been involved in a traffic accident and that the caller was taking him to Roger Williams Hospital but needed $1,000. The EG man did not give the caller any credit card information but after the call couldn’t reach his brother. Police researched the number used by the caller and learned it was from a phone registered in New York but the call had come from Puerto Rico. Providence police said no one by the brother’s name had been involved in a traffic accident there. They went to the brother’s residence but he wasn’t home. About 45 minutes after the initial call, the brother was finally reached. He assured EGPD that he was fine.

Tuesday, March 4

10:42 a.m. – An EG resident who owns a business in Providence told police someone had fraudulently used his business checking account, stealing a total of $5,068.76. EG police told the man they would document the incident but that he needed to file a report with Providence police in order to pursue charges.

11:20 a.m. – A Middle Road resident told police the passenger front window of his parked car had been shattered. He said nothing was missing from the car and police noted smooth snow all around the car, suggesting a rock or pellet had hit the window, breaking it.

11:59 a.m. – The manager of CVS on Main Street asked police to issue a No Trespass order to a Main Street man, accusing him of being threatening as he walked in the store, carrying a 6-foot-tall walking stick and speaking loudly. Police said since this was the first time CVS had reported the man, police would not yet issue a No Trespass order. They tried to talk to the man at his residence, but no one answered the door.

2 p.m. – A North Kingstown woman told police her purse went missing after she left it on a chair while doing her laundry at West Bay Laundry on Post Road. While there was no cash in the purse, she said there were credit cards. Police advised her to cancel the cards and report any charges made after the purse disappeared.

4:22 p.m. – Police cited Kenneth A. Blood, 31, of Partition Street, Warwick, for an expired license after he was stopped for speeding on Route 4 southbound. He was also given a Municipal Court summons for speeding. His car was towed from the scene.

Wednesday, March 5

8:36 a.m. – An East Greenwich man told police he’d been the victim of identity fraud after learning he owed $2,314 to Verizon for an account he never opened. Verizon told him the account had been opened in Illinois using his Social Security number.

12:06 p.m. – An East Greenwich woman told police she’d bought a tech security system for from a company that then kept bugging her to buy additional services. When she did an online search of the company – JD Infotechsolutions LLC – she saw scam alert notices. She notified her credit card company but told police she feared personal information may have been compromised.

2:30 p.m. – The manager at CVS told police the man he’s reported on Monday had been back in the store Wednesday, again causing a disturbance. Police issued a No Trespass order for the man.

Thursday, March 6

12:30 p.m. – An East Greenwich woman told police she’d received a $203 bill from Verizon for an account she hadn’t opened. She spoke with a Verizon representative, who showed her the signature used to make the purchase – it was not her signature.

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