Information about this counterfeiter’s identity is worth up to $1k, in real money, with an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000.
Franklin Police want to identify this man, wanted for rolling an LG 43” television out the door at the Mallory Lane Walmart without paying for it. It happened on 09/21/2015 at 11:00 pm. The suspect left in a white SUV. The loss in this case is more than $350.
Information about this suspect is worth up to $1,000
with an anonymous call to
Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000.
Cyber thieves are known to send unsolicited email, commonly referred to as spam, which directs the recipient to click on a link contained in the message. That link then takes them to a malicious webpage where software can be unknowingly installed on the victim’s computer and then used to later steal personal information, including credit card numbers and passwords.
Website spoofing is another scamming technique where the user is on what appears to be a legitimate website where they can make a purchase or log in to check their account balance. The spoofed site, however, is collecting whatever information you enter; credit card numbers, user names, and passwords – all later used by thieves to get access to your money.
Cyber scammers often send emails or text messages to unsuspecting consumers, alerting them that there is a problem with their account. When the consumer clicks on the link or calls the number they have been told to call, they are asked to verify their account number, Social Security number, birthday, or even PIN. Your credit card companies and banks already know that information, and would never ask you to verify it if they were the ones to initiate contact with you.
If you receive an unsolicited email, text message, or phone call from a financial institution you actually have an account with, contact them directly to verify the authenticity of the message you receive. When you make contact, however, get the number, web address, or email address from a source other than the communication you have received.
If you have an item posted for sale on the Internet and receive payment from someone through the mail in the form of a money order or check, for more than the amount you are asking, with a follow up email request from the buyer explaining that they have overpaid you, asking that you wire the overage back to them, chances are – you are about to become the victim of another common scam. In this scam, the money order or check the victim receives is later determined to be fraudulent. Many people that fall for this scam do not realize this until they receive notification from their bank that the financial document deposited by them was counterfeit. By then, it is too late because the money has already been wired to the cyber criminal.
Top tips on avoiding a high-tech scam:
- Never respond to unsolicited email or text messages, and never click on links contained in an unsolicited email.
- Never open attachments in emails from sources that you do not personally know and trust.
- Never fill out forms in email messages that ask for personal information.
- Always log on to an official website by typing the address in yourself, instead of clicking on links contained in unsolicited email.
- Never wire money to a purported buyer of something you have listed for sale on the Internet.
For more information on eScams,
or if you feel that you have been the victim of an Internet scammer,
go to www.ic3.gov.
The Franklin Police Identity Theft Victim Guide
provides useful information on what you should do
if you suspect you have been the
victim of identity theft.
On September 18, Franklin Police released this video, asking for the public’s help with identifying a suspect wanted for taking a picture up a woman’s dress at Kroger, located at 2020 Mallory Lane. Thanks to Crime Stoppers, the news media, and the public – that man has been identified as Hamilton Scott Elrod.
Once identified by Crime Stoppers tipsters, detectives determined that Elrod was a suspect in three additional cases, spanning a time period of seven months, where Elrod committed similar offenses at the Franklin Whole Foods, and two at the multi-tenant office building in which he worked. Detectives arrested him at work, in that building, this afternoon, at 5000 Meridian Boulevard.
Elrod is charged with four counts of Unlawful Photography. A Magistrate set his bond at $4,000; Elrod posted that bond and was released a short time ago. He is due in court 10/15/2015 at 1:00 pm.
On 05/18/2015, the details of an inappropriate sexual relationship between a 17-year-old male and Ariel Stevenson, an adult female, were reported to Franklin Police. The facts of the case, learned through a comprehensive criminal investigation, were presented to a Williamson County Grand Jury on 09/14/2015. That Grand Jury indicted Ariel Stevenson, 25, of Franklin, with Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and Statutory Rape.
Stevenson surrendered to authorities on 09/25/2015. On that same day, she posted a $20,000 bond and was released. Stevenson is the wife of the youth minister at a Franklin Church, where she met the victim. She is due in court 10/15/2015 at 9:00am.
Franklin detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this, or other incidents with Stevenson to contact FPD’s Criminal Investigation Division, (615) 794-2513.
A Nashville man remains jailed today, after his arrest Saturday for False Imprisonment and Aggravated Assault.
On 09/26/2015 at 11:30 am, an officer on patrol was flagged down in the downtown area by a woman, on foot, reporting that she had been assaulted. The victim reported being repeatedly slapped in the face by her visiting boyfriend, who picked her up by the neck and began choking her when she tried to flee from her apartment.
Later that same day, detectives arrested James Haddix, 24, or Antioch. Haddix, charged with Aggravated Assault, False Imprisonment, and Prevention of a Victim’s Call to 911, remains jailed on a $45,000 bond. He is due in court 10/08/2015 at 1:00pm.
For help with domestic violence, click or call: (615) 599-5777.
David Marsh, 18, was taken into custody last night by Metro Police. He is currently being held, without bond, at the Williamson County Criminal Justice Center.
Marsh has been on the run since his involvement in the September 7 armed robbery of a Franklin Mapco, where a clerk was beaten by the suspects. The suspects fired shots at the clerk on their way out of the gas station.
Marsh is the second suspect charged in this case.