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Scammer Uses Hingham Police Sergeant's Identity to Solicit Money

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    Scammers Use Higham Policeman's Picture

    Reports have surfaced of scammers using the photo of Hingham Police Sergeant Steve Dearth on social media.

    (Published Wednesday, March 6, 2019)

    Police in Massachusetts are warning a scammer is using the identity of a Hingham police sergeant to solicit money on dating sites and social media.

    Sgt. Steven Dearth, public information officer for the Hingham Police Department, said Tuesday that scammers have been using his photos and personal information on Instagram and the dating site PlentyofFish.com. The Patriot Ledger reports the profiles use photos taken from Dearth's personal social media accounts.

    Dearth says the scammers try to convince people to wire money to them or give them credit card information. Each account found by the police department has been reported as fake and closed, but new ones have appeared.

    Police are reminding people to never share credit card or financial information online.

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

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