The Bowling Green Police Division was made aware of an e-mail circulating that purports to be from the EZ Pass Service Center. The e-mail contains an official looking graphic from EZ Pass and it indicates that a customer has not paid for driving on a toll road. It then states ” The invoice can be downloaded here.” The link attached to the word “here” will attach an executable file to the persons computer. This file is a virus or malware. Do not respond to e-mails that come un expectedly or to which you have no current account.
The message as it appears will contain the below format and language:
|Dear customer,You have not paid for driving on a toll road. This invoice is sent repeatedly,
please service your debt in the shortest possible time.
The invoice can be downloaded here.
On Monday 8-4-14 the Bowling Green Police was made aware of a billing scam involving at least 3 phone calls to local businesses in which the caller stated they were with First Energy. The scammer claimed that the businesses were past due for electric bills and that they were sending out a technician to disconnect the business unless the bills were immediately paid. The businesses are not First Energy customers and recognized the calls as a scam . The numbers and names associated with the scam are as follows:
1-866-251-5398 Eric Smalls
1-866-978-7766 John Gordon
1-866-978-7766 ext 95 John Gordon
In calling the numbers back it was found that the scammers have changed tactics and now answer the phone as ” City of Bowling Green Disconnection.”
The City of Bowling Green Utilities Department does not rely exclusively on phone calls to warn of past due accounts and utilizes a more formal process of notification.
If your business receives a similar call do not provide them with any information. If you have a question about your business account call the Bowling Green Utilities Office at 419-354-6258.
As of 7:50 AM The traffic signal is functioning.
Notification: Traffic signal at Wooster Street and I75 not functioning. Temporary stop signs in place. Drive with caution in this area.
On Friday 7-11-14, a car in the parking lot adjacent to the south west corner of Ace Hardware had a window broken out and numerous items stolen from the vehicle. The theft occurred between 1:30 PM and 4:00 PM. A reward is being offered for assistance in identifying the perpetrator. If anyone has any information regarding this theft please call the Bowling Green Police Division at 419-352-1131 or Wood County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-54-CRIME.
On 7-17-14 the BGPD received a complaint from a local business that numerous calls were made to the business in an attempt to allow access to their computer system. The callers claimed to be from Microsoft or Windows tech support and were warning that they needed access to the computers because of malware or malfunctioning computers. The men that called were said to have Indian accents and calls came from numbers with area codes from New York and Sacramento, California but could have been from anywhere. The complainant indicated that the men were very persistent and would call back immediately after being hung up on. This is a classic example of a scam. Microsoft does not make calls from their tech centers in this manor. Unsolicited attempts to get into a computer system or access personal information are scams and should not be responded to. No information or access was provided in this incident.
The Bowling Green Police Division is investigating a reported attempted abduction which occurred at approximately 4:10 PM on July 14th, 2014.
The suspect is described as a heavy set white female, possibly in her mid thirties, with a short butch style haircut. The suspect was sitting in the passenger side front seat of an early 90′s mid sized sedan, possibly an Oldsmobile.
The suspect approached the victim as the victim was walking northbound on South Church Street near the intersection of Wooster Street. The victim was motioned to get into the car as the suspect stated, “Come, get in,” as the passenger side front door was being opened.
The victim felt scared and uneasy about the woman and immediately entered the Bowling Green Police Division building.