Scam Alerts 2017
LINDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT
Phone scam where a caller claims to be a grandchild who needs money urgently to get out of jail or travel home. The caller often gets the victim to provide a grandchild’s name, when the victim says something like, “Steven is that you?”, and the caller replies “yes it’s me Steven”. The caller will instruct the victim to withdraw cash from their bank and wire it to them or buy pre-loaded gift cards or iTunes cards and provide the code numbers from the cards to the caller.
Caller claims to be from the IRS and they have found an error in your taxes! Caller says that if you don’t send payment immediately an arrest warrant will be issued, sometimes they claim the police are on the way. Caller will typically convince the victim to obtain a pre-loaded payment card, iTunes card, etc. then have the victim provide the code from the card over the phone. In similar versions the caller will claim to be the police calling about an outstanding warrant or the Court Clerk claiming you failed to appear for jury duty and must pay immediately or be arrested.
Door to Door Contractor Scam
A “contractor” comes to your door and tells you that you need driveway or roof repair. They will often mention your neighbor's name as a reference, and usually want to be paid in advance. If they do any work at all, they will likely use poor quality materials and do substandard work.
The scammer will send an email or connect through a dating site, attempting to establish a romantic relationship leading to requests to have money sent. Similar versions may involve the scammer posing as a soldier in need of money or foreign official who has a fortune to share if the victim will pay some processing fees or provide bank account info.
Microsoft Impersonator Scam
The caller claims to be from Microsoft or “Windows” and claim that they have learned that the victim’s computer has been infected with a virus that will cause the computer become unusable. The ultimate goal of the fraud varies depending upon which con artists are running it. For example, they may try to sell phony anti-virus protection or trick the victim into providing bank or credit card information. Yet others convince the victim to allow remote access to their computer.
- If receiving a suspicious phone call – HANG UP
- If receiving a suspicious email – DELETE, DO NOT RESPOND
- If a suspicious person is at your door, CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY
Utility Billing ACH Program Now Avaliable
Linden Schedule of Events 2017
ICE FISHING TOURNAMENT & CHILI COOKOFF
City of Linden Newsletter 2017
Snow Clearing Reminder
12.08.020 Sidewalks to be cleared.
A. The occupant of any premises, or the owner of any unoccupied premises, is required to keep the sidewalks in front of or adjacent to such premises, so far as is practicable and reasonable, clear from snow, ice, rubbish, excessive dirt or any encumbrance, to facilitate pedestrian use. Whenever any snow or ice has fallen or accumulated, it shall be cleared within twenty-four hours after it has fallen or accumulated.
B. No person shall place, store ro exhibit any goods, wares, merchandise or material upon any public sidewalk in the city.
C. No person owning, building or repairing any house or other building shall permit any lumber, brick, plaster, mortar, earth, clay, sand, stone or other material to remain on the sidewalk after sunset of the day in which it was placed there, without permission, in writing, from the chief of police, subject to any safeguards he may prescribe, (Ord 79 Sec II, 1976)
12.08.030 Failure to clear. If any occupant or owner neglects or fails to clear ice, snow, debris or other obstructions from the sidewalk adjoining his premises within the time limited, or otherwise permits such obstructions to accumulate on such sidewalk, he is guilty of a violation of this chapter and in addition, the city may cause the same to be cleared and the expenses of removal shall become a debt to the city from the occupant or owner of such premises, and shall be collected as any other debt to the city. (Ord 79 Sec III, 1976)
MICHIGAN VEHICLE CODE (EXCERPT)
Act 300 of 1949
257.677a Obstruction of safety vision by removal or deposit of snow, ice, or slush prohibited.
(1) As used in this section:
(a) “Person” shall not include the state or a political subdivision of the state or an employee of the state or a political subdivision of the state operating within the scope of his duties.
(b) “Safety vision” means an unobstructed line of sight enabling a driver to travel upon, enter, or exit a roadway in a safe manner.
(2) A person shall not remove, or cause to be removed, snow, ice, or slush onto or across a roadway or the shoulder of the roadway in a manner which obstructs the safety vision of the driver of a motor vehicle other than off-road vehicles.
(3) A person shall not deposit, or cause to be deposited, snow, ice, or slush onto or across a roadway or the shoulder of the roadway in a manner which obstructs the safety vision of the driver of a motor vehicle.
(4) A person shall not deposit, or cause to be deposited, snow, ice or slush on any roadway or highway.
History: Add. 1978, Act 82, Imd. Eff. Mar. 29, 1978
Linden Business Spotlight
The City of Linden is looking to feature one Linden business per week (Tuesday-Monday) on our website, as well as on the City’s Facebook page. Our website has had over 92,000 views and counting since it’s relaunch last July, and our Facebook page has over 3,900 regular followers, with a reach of up to 10,000 people. This is an excellent opportunity to gain some exposure for your business, new or established, and to provide a narrative of your business to the community.
What is a Business Spotlight?:
An article or editorial coverage of an individual business, offering highlights of what each business offers and the backstory of the company, owner, or employees.
Business must be located in the City of Linden.
- First come, first serve basis, featuring one business per week (Tuesday-Monday)
What to Include:
Completed form with name, address, phone number, website, Facebook or other social media links, and hours of operation for us to include in the formatting of the spotlight.
Business Narrative and/or description
To be featured for one week on Facebook and the City Website
What about images?:
Images can make all the difference! Please include up to 5 photos of your storefront, products, employees, owner(s), logo, graphics, or collages for us to choose from for the spotlight. Often the best images for a Spotlight are spontaneous — the kind of image you’d upload to Facebook or Twitter, such as your “team in action,” a look behind-the-scenes of your offices, the team at lunch, a shot of the owner wearing your company logo or “on the job”, a picture of the company mascot or pet, even the view out your office window.
Please name your photo attachments in order of preference from “Photo 1” through up to “Photo 5” so in the event there is not space to include all of the photos, we would use the lower numbered photos first.
What NOT to include:
No advertisements or sale notices
No political statements, endorsements, or advertisements
No swearing or inappropriate language
The City of Linden reserves the right to deem articles, portions of an article, or photos, inappropriate for the spotlight feature. Additionally, we may alter the content for clarity, length, or to fit our formatting.
How do I submit my business for a Spotlight?
Some questions you may wish to answer or discuss in your article:
What products or services do you sell?
What is the one thing that your business is known for? Why are you known for this?
How did the business get started?
How long have you been in Linden?
Why did you choose to locate in Linden?
What is the best thing about owning a business in Linden?
What is the biggest “win” in your business’s history? Explain what it was, how it came about, and what it meant to your business?
Mention a favorite review of your company or quote from a news article about your business.
How has your business helped our community?
Feel free to include a tag-line for the article or as a headline on Facebook
Examples of Business Spotlights:
Check Out Past Linden Business Spotlights: