2017-04-20 / Other News

Clergy Meeting Sheds Light On Scams

By Dara Mormile

Executive Officer Captain Steven Rubin addresses recent scams in the community. Executive Officer Captain Steven Rubin addresses recent scams in the community. With so many residents being ripped off by con artists nowadays, it was imperative at the April meeting of the 69th Precinct Clergy Council to educate members of the community about staying safe and vigilant.

Captain Steve Rubin, executive officer of the 69th Precinct, highlighted the possible dangers of using ATM machines at various TD Banks.

“Be careful when you use one of their ATMs – we’ve heard that criminals have hacked into some of the defective machines and could have accessed personal information,” Captain Rubin said. “Make sure you look for any physical abnormalities at the ATMs you use. TD Bank is fully cooperating with us and they’ve been helpful with any information we need on this scam. They’re also looking to replace most of their ATMs within the next six months.”

Brooklyn District Attorney’s office representative Kin Ng speaks about immigration concerns. Brooklyn District Attorney’s office representative Kin Ng speaks about immigration concerns. In light of the federal government’s so-called “immigration raids,” many residents are panicking about their legal/undocumented status and making dangerous decisions to obtain illegitimate Green Cards.

Kin Ng, a representative with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, advised residents against becoming victims of immigration fraud – especially in these desperate times.

“First, we don’t believe that the federal ‘raid rumors’ are localized in New York City,” Ng said. “And because so many undocumented immigrants are afraid of the federal government deporting them, they’re resorting to dealing with unscrupulous characters who promise to get them a Green Card sooner if they pay a large fee up front.”

Ng said that it is important for clergy to spread this information to immigrant members who are on edge about raid rumors and added, “My best advice – if it seems too good to be true, it most likely is, and this is one of the most common scams being practiced today since con artists know there’s a lot of fear among people in this city.”

Some positive news was announced by Councilman Alan Maisel, who’s been advocating for the city to take over small, unmapped blocks in our community.

“There are these tiny blocks in Canarsie like Trucklemans Lane, Matthews Place and Church Lane, that the city isn’t responsible for because they’re not on city maps, which leaves street maintenance in the homeowners’ hands,” Maisel said. “However, by 2018 I’m hoping that all of the unmapped streets here – and throughout New York City - are taken over by the city so that the maintenance burden is no longer an issue.”

Maisel said that a survey has been circulated to residents living on unmapped streets, asking residents if they approve of the city taking over. While he doesn’t expect homeowners to have objections, he is still asking for input from anyone who may be negatively impacted by the takeover.

President of the 69th Precinct Clergy Council Rev. Cecil Moonsam advised everyone that on June 7th at 7 p.m., a special meeting will allow residents to get to know their Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCO’s). Since the precinct is now broken up into a handful of smaller sectors - with assigned NCO’s patrolling the same streets each day – police officers can better delegate response time and foster a healthy relationship with residents. For meeting location, check the Canarsie Courier’s Community Guide section.

The next event being hosted by the 69th Precinct Clergy Council is their prayer vigil, scheduled for Monday, May 1st at 7 p.m. outside of the “L” train subway station. For more information on the Clergy Council, e-mail 69thclergycouncil@gmail.com .

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