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FDL Police Officer's "POPS" Project Uses Social Media to Educate About Scams


A project started this month by a Fond du Lac Police Officer is focused on using social media to educate the public about scams. Each new officer in the City of Fond du Lac is required to take on a Problem Oriented Policing Project – or POPS project – during their probationary year with the department. Officer Joe Kurer explains that his idea for the project came after responding to a number of calls from people who had fallen victim to scammers and lost personal information or money. Kurer tells us the two main goals of the project are to “educate the public on how this is being done - what kind of information these scammers are looking for and how are they getting it – and on the other side of that, what can be done to try and prevent someone from being victimized,” Kurer said.

To help spread the word, the Police Department will be posting on its Facebook page every Friday this month with information about a different scam and the steps people can take to protect themselves from falling victim to it. The department will also be posting additional resources on its website for people to download and use.

See the first Facebook post in the series here

Visit the Police Department Website

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