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Payments not required to unlock prize

Sweepstakes and lottery scams are simple and one that many people are familiar with. They capitalize on the notion that “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Here, scammers inform their mark they have won a lottery or sweepstakes of some kind and need to make some sort of payment to unlock the supposed prize.

Sworn to Serve

Boulder City Police Chief Tim Shea, right, swears in new city marshal Michael Krause on Monday, May 13, at City Hall. Krause retired as a detective from the Dearborn Heights Police Department in Michigan. He will be working at the municipal courthouse and City Hall, as well as at other city events.

Calls from Social Security just a scam

There has been a significant uptick in fraud telephone calls from people claiming to represent the Social Security Administration. In them, unknown callers threaten victims that they face arrest or other legal action if they fail to call a provided phone number or press the number indicated in the message to address the issue.

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Older homeowners likely target for scammers

Scammers like to take advantage of the fact that many people above a certain age own their homes, thereby providing a valuable asset that increases the potential dollar value of certain scams.

Be wary of ‘woodchucks’ who prey on seniors

Seniors who live alone in their own homes are cautioned to be wary of “woodchucks” or fake home contractors who gain their confidence and then charge huge amounts of money for unnecessary work.

Increased police patrols planned

Boulder City Police Department will be joining with officers from the Nevada Highway Patrol and Metropolitan Police Department to increase patrols Friday through Sunday, April 27-29, on U.S. Highway 95 between Interstate 11 and Searchlight.

Telephone scams hard to trace

Criminals make the name of your bank pop up on the caller ID and advise you to call back at an unknown number. Never call back an unknown number. The IRS will never contact you by phone or email, only by U.S. mail.