Two fraud cases reported to Avon Police Department

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AVON-BY-THE-SEA — Two cases of fraud have been reported by the Avon-By-The-Sea Police Department in the month of July. According to a statement from Avon Chief of Police Terence Mahon, Special Officer Brian Mason investigated a report of a computer scam on July 11 on Fifth Avenue. A resident reported receiving a blue screen across his computer with a phone number directing him to call for help to repair the device.   The resident called the number and during the phone call, allowed access to the computer via the Internet.   The victim had not yet paid for the supposed services, but by giving access to the computer, the perpetrator was able to access personal files and possibly passwords.   The victim was advised to change all passwords and credit card numbers as well as the IP address from their Internet provider.      “Everyone is reminded never to give out their personal information, nor permit anyone they don’t know to access their computer, especially over the Internet,” Chief Mahon said in a statement.   Patrolman Ryan Cantlon also investigated a possible scam on Sylvania Avenue on July 12. A local realtor reported that a residence on Sylvania Avenue that had just been sold was listed on craigslist.com as being available for rent.   Ptl. Cantlon was advised by the realtor the residence was not for rent.  He then contacted the new owner to inform him of the news. Prior to the realtor reporting the fraud, it is believed the listing was taken down. Craigslist was contacted by Ptl. Cantlon and informed of the situation.   The rental listing that was reported to the department had an address in Marietta, Georgia, for an address that does not exist.  Ptl. Cantlon and Detective Tony Pecelli are following up on the matter.  

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