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Hooksett police warn of car break-ins, Internet scams

HOOKSETT — A recent increase in telephone and Internet scams and a string of vehicle break-ins have Hooksett Police warning residents to be on the alert.

Police Sgt. Janet Bouchard said the vehicle break-ins have occurred in several areas of town. One of the incidents involved a broken car window, though the majority of thefts were the result of unlocked doors, she said.

Many electronics such as GPS devices and car chargers, as well as loose change and other valuables, have been stolen.

“Honestly, we’ve been having car break-ins for years,” Bouchard said. “Sometimes they seem to stop for a while and then we get a rash of them.”

She continued: “I think it’s a problem in a lot of communities, but we’re just trying to make people aware of the threat and remind them to keep their car doors locked when they’re home.”

Police are also reminding residents to beware of ongoing phone and email scams.

According to a news release posted on the Hooksett Police website, one person received a counterfeit check to purchase a wheelchair after responding to an online advertisement marketing home health care. The victim was asked to purchase MoneyPak cards and then read the codes to the scammer. Once the money was transferred, the victim was informed the original check was counterfeit.

This type of scam is common, according to Bouchard, who noted that checks, goods and services are often offered in exchange for money orders.

Another popular scam targets the elderly, who receive phone calls claiming that a grandchild, nephew or niece has been arrested in a foreign country and needs money to be wired for bail. Once the money is transferred, it can be difficult, if not impossible to track, police said.

“Any kind of email or phone call you get that’s asking for money to be sent, we’d suggest you avoid it and call the police to ask about its legitimacy,” Bouchard said.

Those with questions or information are encouraged to contact Hooksett Police at 624-1560.

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