Sheriff Mike Brown, Board Member for NW3C shares The Briefing, which is the latest information to protect you and your family online

December 2014 News from NW3C:

Phone Scams

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Phone scammers seek to profit by tricking those on the other end of the line into giving out personal information, such as credit card numbers, social security numbers or dates of birth. According to Jeff Lybarger, Fraud Complaint Supervisor for the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at NW3C, phone scams are still very common. Find out about common tactics, ways to avoid phone scams and what to do if you are a victim of one.

Pew Survey:
Online Harassment Affects 40% of Adult Internet Users

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A new Pew Research Center survey shows that a majority of adult Internet users have witnessed some form of online harassment and 40% hThe ave been subjected to it. Find out more in this timely article.

 

Happy Holidays
from all of us at NW3C

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Wishing you and your loved ones a peaceful holiday season and the blessings of good health and prosperity.
To view the December issue and previous issues of the Briefing, please visit:

http://www.nw3c.org/News/the-briefing

 

Featured Website:

Victims of Internet Crime Empowered

The VOICE website is a one-stop resource for free information on what victims can do in the aftermath of an online crime. It also shows how to avoid becoming a victim. www.VictimVoice.org

 

Stay up-to-date with information of interest to law enforcement related to economic and high-tech crimes at www.NW3C.org/News

You can also Follow NW3C on Twitter: @NW3CNews

Also on Facebook: NationalWhiteCollarCrimeCenter

 

 

This project was supported by Grant No. 2012-MU-BX-4004 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice..

The National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) is the copyright owner of this document. This information may not be used or reproduced in any form without express written permission of NW3C. For questions or additional information, please contact Kimberly Williams, Communications Manager, at 1-800-221-4424 ext. 3320 or kwilliams@nw3c.org. NW3C TM is a trademark of NW3C, Inc. and may not be used without written permission.

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FROM THE SSF STAFF WE WOULD LIKE TO WISH EACH OF YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISMTAS

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The staff of the Safe Surfin’ Foundation wishes you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you and your members for helping to protect our nation’s children! As a token of our deep appreciation we have persuaded one of our most famous celebrities to record an old Christmas classic especially for you!  We hope you enjoy this special gift!
Blessings to you all for a happy & healthy 2015! Sheriff Mike Brown, Robin, Ron, Randy, Eddie, Janet, Bonnie and Mike

Portsmouth Virginia Police receive Cop in a Box!

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The Portsmouth Moose Family Center #898 provided funding recently to purchase a Cop in a Box unit for their local police department, the Portsmouth PD. Sheriff Mike Brown was present to along with Chief Ed Hargis of the Portsmouth Police Department along with Detective Tracy Crutcher who will be spearheading the ICAC investigations unit. As always the Moose have provided another unit to assist local law enforcement to provide this much needed equipment, and allows us to have more boots on the ground to go after and catch these child predators. We are very proud of lodge #898 and all their efforts to provide this equipment, which included a state of the art laptop with 27″ flat screen monitor and color printer large enough to handle all the cases in their unit. We wish to thank all those that got behind this great project and continue to help protect kids around the world.

Moose International Conference 2014 Las Vegas was a huge success!!!

The Safe Surfin’ Foundation Team traveled to the Moose International conference held in Las Vegas for 2014, and enjoyed working, as always with the great Moose Proud participants. Our National spokesperson, Erik Estrada was there for the entire event and we had the premier showing of the Moose Proud Documentary. Comments from everyone were very positive and uplifting, we could not be working with a better group of dedicated members who are the backbone to our foundation. This year’s conference was titled Back to Basics and focused on community events. We brought in the Child ID kits and the Moose members went to work in different areas of Las Vegas helping shelters, food banks, and many other projects. We want to thank all the members that visited with us at the booth and throughout the hotel, we truly are a family.

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Sheriff Mike Brown presents ballistic vests at the West Virginia Moose Conference

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Sheriff Mike Brown attended the annual West Virginia Moose Conference to deliver ballistic vests to officers that were in need. The Moose association and members raised the monies needed to purchase these vests, one of many tools needed to protect an officers life daily. Sheriff Brown started the “Protect the Protectors” program once he found out that there are over 200,000 law enforcement officials across the country that do not these vests. Some agencies have been wearing vests that where 20+ years old! but a typical vest starts to break down after 5 witching the last few months, through the Attorney Generals Office in Virginia, Sheriff Brown presented over 500 vests to officers across the Commonwealth and with at least 300 more requests needing to be filled.

The vests provided here were given by the West Virginia Lodges and Chapters and even personal donations. Like every program we currently have we could not do what we have been doing without the support of the local Moose Lodges and Chapters and Moose International. We look forward to providing more vests across the country to protect those that protect us.

if you need further information on this program and others that support the community you live in, please send us an email through our website or give us a call, we still have a long ways to go, but we are indebted to the Moose for all they have done for the Safe Surfin’ Foundation in supporting our efforts to educate kids and their parents about the dangers on the Internet as well as providing much needed equipment to support their local law enforcement.

Premier Showing of the Documentary Movie “Moose Proud”

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Moose Proud Premier Showing of the Documentary Movie

When: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Where: Lynchburg South Moose Lodge #1727
934 Waterlick Road. Lynchburg, VA

Meet and Greet before the movie with host Erik Estrada.

$5.00 Donation forwarded to Safe Surfin’ Foundation

Copies of the Documentary Movie available for $15.00

Light refreshments – General public is invited

Download a PDF flyer to distribute

Bedford County Sheriff Says Social Media Can Help Prevent School Violence

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Bedford Co., VA – Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown believes social media sites can be used to help prevent school violence incidents.

Brown appears in a nationally distributed DVD produced by the National White Collar Crime Center. The DVD will be used to train teachers, school administrators and police on warning signs to look for online.

“We get calls. We get calls from parents. We get calls from students about seeing something on Facebook that disturbs them,” said Sheriff Mike Brown.

“They feel compelled to share all the information they have, whether it’s criminal or non-criminal, any aspect of their life,” said Matt Davis, Cyber Tips Manager with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. “Things they’ve heard, rumors or gossip. They feel like they need to share on their social media sites.”

Sheriff Brown has a limited number of DVDs he wants to give away to schools or law enforcement agencies. To get one call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-4800.

To view Sheriff Brown’s interview please visit the following link:

http://www.wset.com/clip/10322233/bedford-co-sheriff-says-social-media-can-help-prevent-school-violence

Hillsville Police Department receives 13 ballistic vests

Sheriff Michael J. Brown (right) is shown here presenting Greg Bolen, Chief of Police of the Hillsville Police Department, one of the 13 ballistic vests that the Bedford County Sheriff's Office provided to the Hillsville Police Department.

 Sheriff Michael J. Brown recently presented Hillsville Police Chief Greg Bolen with 13 ballistic vests that the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office provided to the Hillsville Police Department.These vests were made possible through the sheriff’s office “Protect the Protector’s” grant program. The Hillsville Police Department was chosen along with a few other jurisdictions to receive the vests.”I cannot express my gratitude enough to Sheriff Michael Brown, and the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office enough for providing these vests to our department,” Bolen said. “Sheriff’s Brown’s dedication to protecting all law enforcement officers speaks volumes to his character and commitment to public safety. These vests will no doubt provide piece of mind to our officers, but to their families as well.”If the HPD had to purchase these vests, price would be anywhere from $800-$1000 per vest. The vests are made by TopLine Armor Systems, Fairfield, Ohio, so they are all American made. The Ballistic material is produced by DuPont, located in Virginia, also made in America.The Protect the Protector program was developed by the Safe Surfin’ Foundation, located in Bedford. A non-profit organization founded by Sheriff Mike Brown, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. Please visit: www.safesurfin.orgProtect the Protector is funded by dedicated Moose members throughout the state (and beyond) and by a grant from the Office of Attorney General, Virginia. Safe Surfin’ creates and distributes Internet safety information to schools, civic organizations, libraries, etc. Safe Surifn’ has also spearheaded other pro-active programs such as Internet Safety “Train the Trainer” programs, EZ Child/Senior ID, Cop In A Box, and Protect the Protector.

If  you would like to support your local law enforcement in Virginia or anywhere across the county please contact us or simply go to the donate button. Thanks for your continued support of the Safe Surfin’ Foundation.