NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP, PA — Police in Newtown Township reported the following recent activity:
A Newtown Township resident contacted police to report an email she received from an unknown person. The email contained threats to her computer system and demanded $19,000 in Bitcoin to avoid an attack. Police advised the resident that this is a common scam and instructed her to delete the message and not respond to it.
At approximately 11 p.m., police initiated a pedestrian stop on Lower Dolington Road on two subjects walking towards Frost Lane. As a result of the stop, suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia was found and confiscated for evidence. Charges are pending lab results.
A representative at the Bucks County Blind Association on Freedom Drive reported that a locked clothes donation bin had its lid torn open. The complainant reported catching two woman stealing donations from it in the past.
Police responded to a Clearview Drive residence for the report of a theft. It was reported that someone stole a rail from the resident’s back fence. Police observed the split rail fence and a horizontal rail missing. The total value of loss is approximately $15.
Two separate Newtown Township residents contacted police to report scam emails they received. The email sender claimed to have the residents’ passwords to pornographic websites. The emails also threatened to send videos of the residents using the websites to all of their contacts, unless they paid $1,900 in Bitcoins. Police advise residents that this is the Sextortion Bitcoin Scam. If you receive an email similar to this, delete the email, do not send any money, and change all of your passwords. The email addresses used in these scams are often fake and unable to be further investigated.
A Newtown Township resident contacted police to report that an unknown party fraudulently rented a car using her identity. The victim learned of this when she received a letter from the rental company stating that the vehicle was not returned. An investigation is ongoing at this time.
A Newtown Township resident contacted police to report a fraud. The complainant received an email from an unknown source that stated a Verizon account was opened in her name with her Social Security Number. The complainant contacted Verizon directly, and they confirmed that an account was opened in her name. Verizon requested a police report in order to close the account.
A Newtown Township resident contacted police to report a fraud involving the theft of his cell phone number. He further reported that someone opened a $5,000 home equity loan/line of credit through Santander Bank and attempted to get another $5,000 out again. Santander Bank is aware of this and is addressing the matter.
Shortly before 1:00 a.m., police were dispatched to the area of Kirkwood Drive for a noise complaint. Upon arrival, police located the source of the loud music and made contact with the responsible…