Willingboro Neighborhood Watch
PO Box 834
Willingboro, NJ 08046
Quarterly Issue - October, 2016
The Willingboro Neighborhood Watch has been organized to promote the education
of residents and businesses in the Township of Willingboro in areas of crime prevention and quality of life and to assist
in the safeguarding of the community, its residents and their properties through voluntary activities including public information,
problem solutions and addressing Township problems and concerns.
Neighborhood Watch is based on the premise that the role of watch groups is only to serve as the eyes
and ears of law enforcement. We encourage individual groups to work directly with their local law enforcement agencies
to develop procedures for reporting suspicious activities. At no time do we advocate any intervention actions by any
watch group or individual.
Willingboro Neighborhood Watch
PO Box 834
Willingboro, NJ 08046
Quarterly Issue -
President: Charlotte Froman
Mary Jane Breen
Vice-President: Josselyne Jackson
Secretary: Henry Bass
Treasurer: Celestina Miller
Fundraising: Paula Horvath
Newsletter: Jay Meyer
Social: Vicki Benedict
“We’re Watching” www.willingborowatch.org
The Willingboro Neighborhood Watch has been organized to promote the education of residents and businesses in the
Township of Willingboro in areas of crime prevention and quality of life and to assist in the safeguarding of the community,
its residents and their properties through voluntary activities including public information, problem solutions and addressing
Township problems and concerns.
Neighborhood Watch is based on the premise
that the role of watch groups is only to serve as the eyes and ears of law enforcement. We encourage individual groups
to work directly with their local law enforcement agencies to develop procedures for reporting suspicious activities.
At no time do we advocate any intervention actions by any watch group or individual.
Please continue to support WNW by turning in your ShopRite receipts.
See Page 7 for details.
Paula Horvath, Fundraising Chairperson
Acting President’s Message
Hope you are enjoying this warm start to Autumn!
Now with Autumn, the trees are losing
their leaves and we find ourselves preparing for the colder months, There is work to do outside and inside and safety concerns.
Be careful working around your homes!
We need to check our heating systems, get our supplies for Winter weather and prepare our
homes for the colder weather. Included in our issue are some suggestions about fire safety. We also want to keep ourselves,
our families and community safe in all areas. Remember to call and report any suspicious activity. During our September meeting,
safety booklets were provided by the Sheriff’s Department. Suggestions include: put a deadbolt lock on the exterior
door to your house, the rear door should have a double cylinder dead bolt lock, install a “charlie bar” on every
sliding glass door, drill and pin wooden sash windows, have adequate lighting, trim trees and shrubs blocking windows and
For our October meeting, we have scheduled a School Board Election Forum. There are three board positions open and there
are six candidates running to fill the positions. We have invited all 6 candidates. Be sure to come out to our meeting
October 25, 2017, hear what each candidate has to say, ask questions. Election will be Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Be sure
to vote! Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Even though this is a busy time of the year for us, our thoughts are with
those who live in states and territories affected by the recent hurricanes and fires. Hoping those injured in the tragic Las
Vegas shooting recover completely. Our condolences to families of those who lost their loved ones.
Our President, Charlotte, thanks all
for their thoughts, cards and wishes. She is working hard on her rehabilitation at Power Back Rehab. We’ll keep you
informed of her progress.
On behalf of Charlotte, our WNW Board members and our Police Department, I wish you all a safe & happy end to 2017
and healthy, prosperous 2018!
General Meeting Minutes Overview
July 26 and September 25, 2017
July 26, 2017: The General Meeting was called to order at 7:03 pm.
Acting President: Minutes
of the June meeting were approved. Mary Jane congratulated Jay, Jackie and Cheri for assembling the Newsletter and mailing
it in a timely fashion. The door in the back of the Township Building to the elevator will no longer be open to the public,
however, due to complaints from seniors and disabled citizens, Charlotte said the Township Manager is looking in to the matter.
During August we will call members to see if they are still interested in attending Neighborhood Watch. Presently,
30 members may show up. We voted to donate $250.00 to The Willingboro Police K9 Association. National Night Out Event
will be July 31st in Mill Creek Park in Area D. The time is 6:00 pm-8:30 pm.
returned after a year of recovering from a major stroke. Charlotte thanked everyone for their support as she continues
her road to full recovery. Charlotte asked everyone to continue being vigilant.
Josselyne updated members on the speaker schedule for the rest of the year.
of July 30th, bank balance is $2,544.97 minus $90.00 for the WNW Post Office Box fee.
Jay spoke about a recent social security scam from a 323 area code. The scammer poses as a social security administration
employee. Please call your local social security office or 1-800-772-1213 to report suspicious calls. Also call the Office
of the Inspector General at 800-269-0271. Preventive dental service is available to seniors as of September 2017 at
Rowan College of Burlington County. The cost is $5.00 and the number to call is 856-291-4215.
The business meeting adjourned at 8:00
Josselyne introduced our featured speaker Lt. Vetter. Lt. Vetter introduced Detective Galiazzi.,who informed members
about the benefits of outdoor security cameras and registering them with the Police Department. Lt. Vetter answered
questions from citizens who live in Fairmont Park pertaining to the recent shootings. Lt. Vetter gave an overview of
the crimes and calls that have taken placed since May. Lt. Vetter said the police have answered 15,500 calls as of today.
Heroin use is on the rise. Crime overall is down 20% and violent crime is up 14%. If any citizen is interested in a
detailed update of Willingboro crimes stats, it can be found on www.willingboro.police.org.
September 25, 2017: The general meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm.
President: Minutes of the July meeting were approved. Mary Jane updated us on Charlotte’s status. Charlotte
had a setback due to a fall. Charlotte is presently in Power Back Rehabilitation in Moorestown where she is receiving
PT and OT services. Paula Horvath visited Charlotte and stated that she is making progress but has a long road to recovery.
Polly encouraged the members to send a card. However, Charlotte is not taking visitors. A container is provided at every meeting
for donations for the food Bank at the Church of the Good Shepherd. Mary Jane has been working on a new member booklet.
Cheri thanked Neighborhood Watch for participating and attending the National Night Out Event in August. Cheri also
talked about the robocalls and their function. Robo calls are placed the Monday or Tuesday prior to the Wednesday WNW
Meeting by Cheri. If anyone has any question, Cheri can be contacted at (609)877-2200 ext. 1065. Lt Vetter informed members
of the upcoming “Coffee with a Cop” on October 4 from 7-9am. Lt Vetter updated us on the status of the shooting
that took place in Fairmount Park in July. Lt Vetter said the problem has been solved. A resident asked Lt Vetter
about the process to notify residents of recent shooting in their neighborhood. Lt Vetter informed the resident that the police
department posts shooting and other relevant information on social media to include Facebook, Twitter, Nixle and www.willingboro.police.org. The Chaplains that work with the Police will walk in the neighborhood to update residents on current events, e.g.
shootings. Also, the chaplains will be asking residents questions about the shooting to gather information to assist the Police
in finding the shooter or person of interest.
Vice President: Josselyne updated members on the
speaker schedule for the rest of the year and provided the names of School Board Candidates.
reported that the bank balance as of August 31st was $2,405.17.
requested input for Watchword articles. ShopRite receipts are due October 5th.
Business Meeting adjourned at 7:30 pm.
Josselyne introduced our speaker Under Sheriff Bryan Norcross. The sheriff’s
primary responsibility is the court house at 49 Beverly Rancocas Rd. Under Sheriff explained their programs and entertained
questions and passed out flyers.
The General Meeting adjourned at 8:10 pm.
Henry Bass, Secretary
For most, the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays.
From testing family recipes to decorating cakes and cookies, everyone enjoys being part of the preparations. So keeping fire
safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous but hectic time is important, especially when there’s a lot of
activity and people at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large family feast, remember,
by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safer from
Thanksgiving by the numbers Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed
by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
• In 2014, nearly four times as many home cooking fires occur
on Thanksgiving as on a typical day.
• In 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,730
home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires.
• Unattended cooking was by far the leading
contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
• Cooking equipment was involved in almost
half (48%) of all reported home fires and tied with heating equipment
for the second leading cause of home fire deaths
Protect Yourself from Identity Theft
The Recent Equifax Breach May
Require Multiple Layers of Protection
Equifax's massive data breach, disclosed nearly a month ago, has prompted millions of consumers to consider taking additional measures to guard their identities.
In that breach,
more than 145 million consumers' names, birth dates, and Social Security numbers were exposed to hackers.
Equifax has announced that it will provide
a year of free credit monitoring to all consumers. Additionally, it says it is developing a tool that will allow consumers
to freeze and unfreeze their Equifax credit report as many times as they want at no charge.
Consumers who want to freeze their credit
reports must deal directly with all three credit bureaus and, unless Experian and TransUnion follow Equifax in waiving the
fees, incur a cost each time they do so.
Not a bulletproof solution
Many security experts say a credit freeze
is the only way to prevent identity theft from taking place, but others point out that it doesn't work 100 percent of the
Gerri Detweiler, education director at Nav, a privacy protection company for small business owners, says a credit freeze
may stop thieves from opening a new credit account in your name, but it won't prevent them from using one of your existing
accounts if they have your personal information.
Your personal information could be used in phishing schemes, to submit fraudulent
medical bills, and to file fake tax returns in your name.
"You have to be vigilant and carefully monitor your accounts, even
with a freeze in place," Detweiler said. "A credit freeze doesn't mean you can set it and forget it."
A second option that consumers can turn to is credit monitoring. It won't prevent someone
from stealing your identity, but it can limit the damage by alerting you immediately to fraudulent activities. There are many
companies that offer this kind of service.
Lifelock is among the largest credit monitoring services, and it reported
that its business surged in the wake of the Equifax breach. The company offers three levels of service. The basic plan costs
$9.99 a month with increasing levels of service at $19.99 and $29.99 a month.
Another company, Privacy Guard, says
it monitors customers' credit reports at all three credit bureaus. The company says it alerts customers when it sees changes
in their credit reports, including credit inquiries and derogatory information. Like Lifelock, Privacy Guard offers three
levels of protection at $9.99, $19.99, and $29.99 a month.
ID Shield, a division of Legal Shield, offers a similar credit monitoring
service by using the Experian credit report. However, it has one price -- $9.95 a month. In addition to alerting customers
to suspicious activity, ID Shield uses the Kroll detective agency to investigate any cases of customers' identity theft.
with the threat
Identity Guard started out two decades ago as a provider of basic credit reports, but has
since evolved with the growing threat of identity theft. It provides three different monitoring plans, with the top two providing
$1 million in insurance and stolen funds reimbursement.
The credit bureaus themselves -- Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion -- also
provide credit monitoring services. In addition, consumers who want to freeze their credit reports must deal directly with
all three credit bureaus and, unless Experian and TransUnion follow Equifax in waiving the fees, incur a cost each time they
Source: Mark Huffman, Consumer Affairs, Consumers Unified LLC, October 5, 2017
Why Scammers Love Social Media
find it easy to gain your trust on Facebook, Twitter and similar sites.
Learn how to avoid being burned by social scammers.
The 83-year-old Californian was flattered
when the Facebook friend request arrived a few weeks ago. Joan (a pseudonym) was feeling lonely after the death of her husband and quickly
became infatuated with the friend, who identified himself as Mark.
Passing himself off as a widower and a successful
South Carolina building contractor, he began a whirlwind stream of text messages and gained her trust. He soon told her he’d been robbed after arriving
in Africa for a big construction job, then hit another stroke of bad luck when he was hospitalized with a burst appendix.
He also told her he had sent her a valuable antique, but Joan needed to send him $2,000 to cover delivery and shipping —
and that he would pay her back. He also sought $8,500 for an airline ticket to travel back home. Joan soon wised up, thanks
to advice from her son.
Mark “would text me all the time, it was very flattering. He said he was a churchgoing man. And his story was
really believable,” said Joan, embarrassed to disclose her real name and how little she actually knew about him.
have long used the internet to target people with their phony sweepstakes and hard luck stories. But the proliferation of social media sites is making it far easier for fraudsters to ingratiate
themselves with victims and carry out an array of sophisticated money-sapping scams ranging from wire fraud to money laundering
to identity theft.
have been using email and telephone calls to target unsuspecting victims for years. Now, with today’s boom in social
media use, the con artists are just as likely to use Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms to execute their insidious
scams to steal people’s money and identities,” said AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale. He’s the infamous con artist turned security expert portrayed by Leo DiCaprio in the 2002 film Catch Me If
Variations of the Facebook friend scam abound, in part because there now are more than a billion active users, and partly
because the scams are relatively easy to pull off. “You’d be surprised how quickly a scammer can escalate from
a long lost friend to starting a relationship and then having an emergency or another reason to need money,’’
said AARP fraud expert Amy Nofziger.
fraudsters use social media sites as a conduit for peddling their bogus shopping deals and coupon scams. Another popular ploy
is the faux genealogy website, which dupes people into providing their credit card and Social Security number. Genealogy groups or individuals
looking to study family histories will unwittingly share the faux website’s address.
How low will scammers stoop? Some are
using social media to pretend that they are acting on behalf of charities, such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation scam. Others are resorting to mining information from death notices and obituaries. “There’s a lot of information in an obituary. Names of children and relatives. If I’m a criminal, I can call the widow and pretend to be a grandson who needs money
to be bailed out of jail,’’ Nofziger said.
“In recent years, social media has become a hotbed for scam activity,”
said James Foster, CEO of security adviser ZeroFox. “Scammers love these platforms because they make finding and engaging
targets trivial, are easy and cost efficient to use, and have mechanisms like hashtags and follower lists to make getting
the scam in front of the right group of targets simple. Best of all, they can distribute their scams at an unprecedented scale
on social media. Scammers have a number of tricks up their sleeves: fake coupons, technical support scams, financial scams, fraudulent promotions and offers, fake gift card generators, pirated content, recruiter scams
and much more. In short: be very careful what you click on social media. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.”
There are many steps you can take to
avoid becoming a con artist’s next victim. Here are some tips from Abagnale, the AARP Fraud Watch Network and other
- Think carefully about what you post about yourself, especially on Facebook. When you post
that glorious beach photo, you’re signaling to the world that your home or business might be unprotected.
- Limit access
to your social media accounts to people you know.
- Avoid posting a front-facing picture of your full face. A con artist can copy the image and use it to create a photo
ID that can be used to steal your identity.
- Take advantage of the privacy options to restrict your information so it can be viewed only by select people. Check
your privacy settings regularly.
- Be aware of dubious ads and fake news that you might click on, opening yourself up to phishing attacks or malware.
log in to your social media accounts via a public wireless network, where scammers can lurk and more easily grab information
- Be suspicious of unsolicited emails and requests from strangers to connect or be friends. Joan almost fell for a sweepstakes
scam earlier this year. She’d been contacted by a company in Costa Rica, which told her she had won $100,000. But first
she was told she had to provide an $8,000 money order to pay for the armored car that was to deliver the money. After talking
with her son, she realized she was being duped.
Source: Gary Strauss, AARP Fraud Watch Network, October 2, 2017
What Is Neighbor Spoofing?
can mimic your area code and phone number prefix to make their calls look local.
If you’ve been getting inundated with incoming phone calls that look a lot like your
own number, you’re not alone.
This year has seen a spike in the practice dubbed “neighbor spoofing” — scammers and telemarketers
using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) software to mimic your area code and three-number prefix to make it appear as if
an incoming call is originating from near your own location. The idea, security experts say, is that you’re more likely to answer
an unfamiliar number if it looks close to yours — thinking it could be coming from your doctor’s office, or your
child or grandchild’s school.
But once you pick up, it’s the same old robocall scam. The caller might pose as a debt collector or a travel company offering vacation deals — whatever it takes to separate you from your money.
The Federal Trade Commission is attempting to crack down on robocalls — last month, the agency made it easier to report troublemaking numbers and announced plans to provide daily updates
of scam numbers to carriers. And in early summer, the Federal Communications Commission announced the arrest of a Miami scammer who was making more than a million neighbor-spoofed calls per day.
But the problem persists: According to the Robocall Index maintained by app maker YouMail, 2.6 billion robocalls were placed in July 2017, and the FTC reports that robocalls
are the top complaint received by the agency. Even the Chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, isn’t immune: In a recent interview,
he admitted that he gets neighbor-spoofed robocalls on his work phone.
The best advice, according to experts, is to ignore unknown numbers, even
those that appear to be coming from your local area. That’s because once you pick up and engage with the call, you’re
telling the software that yours is a real number, and you may then receive even more calls.
In addition, it’s a good idea not to use
your phone number to sign up for services— online or in-person— if it’s not required. Scammers get their
contacts from all sorts of sources, and it’s best to try to stay off as many lists as possible. And, if you haven’t
already, sign up for the FTC’s Do Not Call registry — it may not keep away the scam artists, but it should cut down on calls from telemarketers.
Source: Austin O’Connor,
AARP Daily, September 19, 2017
Imposter Scam Tells Victims
They Won the Sweepstakes
FTC Warns that Fraudsters Are Exploiting Make-A-Wish to Rake in Money
The Federal Trade Commission is warning Americans to beware of impostors who, in the guise of being from a government agency, call to inform people they have won a huge sweepstakes from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a well-known charity for sick children.
The scammers, who claim to be from the FTC or another agency, say the winner must first pay thousands of dollars to
cover taxes or insurance, hoping to dupe people into sending money. The call may come from the 202 Washington, D.C., area code (in which the FTC headquarters are located) to give the false impression that it’s a legitimate call.
“This is just a scheme using the well-known names of Make-A-Wish and the FTC to rob thousands of dollars from
people,” the FTC warns on its website. “Once you wire money or send banking information, you will never see your
The agency provides these tips to protect yourself:
“If someone asks you to wire money
or provide your bank account information over the telephone, it’s a scam.”
“Anytime you have to pay to get a prize, it’s a scam.”
“The FTC doesn’t oversee
sweepstakes, and no FTC staff is involved in giving out sweepstakes prizes. We do, however, go after sweepstakes scams like this one.”
Consumers are encouraged to report scams to the FTC at 1-877-FTC-HELP or online at
Source: William E. Gibson, AARP Daily, September
County Corner at Moorestown Mall
We are still collecting the following
items for the County Corner (located on the Route 38 side of the Moorestown Mall, in the concourse just outside Sears):
- New or used CDs to be shipped to military service members or recovering wounded soldiers
cell phones with batteries and chargers for emergency use by seniors and women at risk of domestic violence. Please
bring these in large zip-top bags to keep pieces together.
- Pet supplies, old blankets and towels, used
ink or toner cartridges to support the County Animal Shelter
- Worn and tattered American flags for proper
disposal by the Veterans Services Office
Please continue to save your ShopRite
receipts, and turn them in at our monthly meetings or send them to the WNW post office box:
P.O. Box 834
Willingboro, NJ 08046
WNW receives a small percentage, which is a major source of funds for our activities. We submit receipts by quarter:
(Jan – Mar) (Apr – June) (July – Sept) (Oct – Dec). Receipts are due by the 5th of the
month following the end of the quarter. After that, the receipts are not valid for rebate. Receipts from the following
ShopRite stores will be accepted:
ShopRite of Burlington ShopRite of Delran ShopRite
of Ark Road (Mt. Laurel)
Wishing Well Plaza 1310 Fairview Boulevard 127
1817 Burlington-Mt. Holly Road (Rte.
ShopRIte of Hainesport ShopRite of Cinnaminson
Rte. 38 East & Rte. 541 Bypass 141 Rte. 130
Don’t forget to attend and to participate in our meetings, and please
volunteer when possible! Do you have suggestions for a topic or a guest speaker? Share them with us at our meeting
or through our website:
Please join us!
*WNW meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month at 7:00PM at:
The Kennedy Center
John F. Kennedy Way
The exceptions are August & December, when there are no meetings.
off cell phones at meetings. If conversing with someone, please do so outside the meeting in fairness to all members Please
*WNW meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month at 7:00PM
The Kennedy Center
John F. Kennedy Way
The exceptions are August & December,
when there are no meetings.
Please turn off cell phones at meetings. If conversing with someone, please do so outside
the meeting in fairness to all members and guest speakers. All announcements are limited to one minute and must be reviewed
and approved by the Board.
*Township Council meetings are held the first and third Tuesdays of each month
at 7:00PM at the Municipal Building.
*School Board meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of
each month at 7:00PM at:
Country Club School