Phoenix Block Watch Advisory Board
Crime Prevention

Hackers can access your phone via Wi-Fi

A notorious hacker revealed to FOX25 Investigates just how easy it is to break into the backdoor of our smart phones and other devices. Even people who are careful to avoid free internet at their local coffee shop leave themselves vulnerable to attack. And the rise in the number of devices using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth is only making it easier for hackers.


SCAM ALERT: “Can You Hear Me?” Calls Reported in Arizona

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich is warning Arizonans to beware of the “Can You Hear Me?” robocall scam. Over the last few days, concerned Arizonans have contacted the Attorney General’s Office to report suspicious calls from someone asking “Can you hear me?”


ADOT alerts trucking companies to possible scam by individual impersonating police officer

Earlier this month, a man identifying himself as an officer with ADOT’s Enforcement and Compliance Division contacted a Mesa-based trucking company saying one of its trucks was damaged in a crash and that the company needed to send payment for a mechanic called out to make repairs.


Thanksgiving Safety Tips

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) warns us that cooking fires on Thanksgiving show a 230 percent increase over the daily average—with unattended cooking being the leading cause of home cooking fires.


Identity Theft Information for Taxpayers

What is tax-related identity theft? Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number (SSN) to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. If you become a victim, we are committed to resolving your case as quickly as possible. You may be unaware that this has happened until you e-file your return and discover that a return already has been filed using your SSN. Or, the IRS may send you a letter saying it has identified a suspicious return using your SSN.


Operation Identification

Operation Identification (Operation ID) is a citizen’s burglary prevention program for use in homes and businesses. The Operation ID program involves marking property with an identifying number as a means of discouraging burglary and theft. It also provides police with a way to identify property should it be stolen and recovered.


Presentations

Listed below are some of the presentations that Community Prosecution Specialists from the City of Phoenix Prosecutor's Office use to educate parents, community groups and others.


What is Phishing?

Phishing is an attempt to trick you into divulging personal information such as credit card numbers, account usernames and passwords, and social security numbers. Most phishing attempts are via email and instant messaging.  


Microsoft Safety Scanner

Do you think your PC has a virus?

The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software.


Does it look too good to be true?

Every day, American consumers receive offers that just sound too good to be true. In the past, these offers came through the mail or by telephone. Now the con artists and swindlers have found a new avenue to pitch their frauds - the Internet. The on-line scams know no national borders or boundaries; they respect no investigative jurisdictions. But, as with all scammers, they have one objective - to separate you from your money!