Alderman Bateman Comments
Beware Telephone Scams
December 2023 UpFront newsletter
Telephone scams have become increasingly prevalent in recent years, with scammers finding new and creative ways to deceive unsuspecting victims. These scams can range from simple attempts to extract personal information to more elaborate schemes designed to steal money or even identities.
One common telephone scam is the "tech support" scam, where scammers pose as representatives from well-known technology companies. They typically call individuals claiming that their computer has been infected with a virus or malware and offer to fix the problem remotely. In reality, they are trying to gain access to the victim's computer and personal information. It is important to remember that legitimate tech support companies will never call you unsolicited.
Another prevalent telephone scam is the "IRS" scam, where scammers pretend to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and claim that the victim owes back taxes. They often threaten legal action or arrest if immediate payment is not made. The IRS will never call you to demand immediate payment or ask for credit card information over the phone. It is crucial to hang up and report these calls to the IRS.
One of the most heartbreaking telephone scams is the "grandparent" scam, where scammers target elderly individuals by pretending to be their grandchild in distress. They often claim to be in trouble and in need of money urgently. These scammers rely on the emotional vulnerability of their victims and exploit their desire to help their loved ones. It is important to verify the caller's identity before sending any money and to contact other family members to confirm the situation.
To protect yourself from telephone scams, it is essential to be vigilant and skeptical of unsolicited calls. Never give out personal information, such as your Social Security number or bank account details, over the phone unless you are certain of the caller's identity. If you receive a suspicious call, hang up immediately and report it to the appropriate authorities, such as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or your local law enforcement agency.
Remember, scammers are constantly evolving their tactics, so it is crucial to stay informed and educate yourself about the latest scams. By being aware and cautious, you can protect yourself and your loved ones from falling victim to telephone scams.
I wish you the best, and hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful holiday season!
Summertime Fun in St. Peters
July 2023 UpFront Newsletter
I hope our residents are enjoying the first month of summer! I know the school-age kids are having lots of free time to visit parks, playgrounds and swimming pools in our town. I also know there are numerous summer activities around the county to cater to the family fun and entertainment.
Have you attended any of our Sunset Concerts yet at our beautiful 370 Lakeside Park? The entertainment is free and the view is spectacular of the sunsets over the lake. The next concert will be Aug. 11 when Power Play entertains with Jazz, Blues, R&B, Motown and Disco at the large Corporate Pavilion. Learn more at www.stpetersmo.net/Sunset.
There are a few other amenities available for you to try at 370 Lakeside Park. If archery is your thing, come check out the archery range that is provided close to our smaller Sunset Pavilion, which is a great place to host family gatherings. The paddle boats and kayaks are ready to rent and add to more fun in the sun and so close to home! Our RV park also is located at 370 Lakeside Park and has a very nice cabin to rent out for small gatherings. We even have fun in store for the family pet at the members-only Rotary Club Dog Park!
For more information on these amenities, contact 370 Lakeside Park or visit our website at www.stpetersmo.net/370Lakeside.
As I write this article, plans are underway to add several more pickleball courts to the City parks as this has become such a popular sport over the past several years. So, visit our parks and trails and check out the newest jewel in our City crown ... Ollie's Fun Forest next to City Hall and Mansfield Nursery. Phase Two is going on presently to add a nature “sensory trail” and several educational amenities! Stay tuned as the project develops for the Sensory Trail. Learn more about the project and how you or your organization can contribute at www.stpetersmo.net/Ollie.
Please remember to Shop St. Peters and encourage others to do the same. Stay cool and please contact me with any concerns or suggestions you may have to make our community better.