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FBI talks COVID-19 scams, cons

In a Twitter chat May 15, the FBI focused attention on ways scammers operate in the era of COVID-19 and how members of the public can avoid being deceived.

Here are some things to watch out for to keep from being victimized by fraud.

- Ignore offers or advertisements for COVID-19 related vaccines, home test kits, protection, or treatments.

Unfortunately, there is currently no cure, approved treatment, or vaccine for COVID-19. While medical professionals and scientists throughout the U.S. are working hard to change that, scammers are working hard to sell bogus products that claim to prevent, treat, cure, and diagnose the disease. Some are selling fake...


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Teddy Nez

Feb. 23, 8:25 pm

Aggravated DWI

Gallup Police Officer Clarissa Morgan said she was traveling westbound on Interstate 49 when she noticed a brown pickup in her lane driving in the middle of two lanes.

The vehicle then went back to the inner lane before drifting back, causing problems for cars trying to pass him. The truck then started to speed up and then go slow, repeating this sequence a couple of times.

Morgan decided to do a traffic stop. She talked to Teddy Nez, 74, of Gallup, and found he was coming from Fire Rock Casino. He admitted he had a bit to drink at the casino. Morgan said she could smell alcohol from inside the vehicle.

Nez agreed to take the standard...

FBI warns of child sexual abuse material being displayed during zoom meetings

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The COVID-19 crisis has caused many organizations and schools to conduct virtual meetings/events, some of which are open to the public. Additionally, links to many virtual events are being shared online, resulting in a lack of vetting of approved participants.

During the last few months, the FBI has received more than 195 reports of incidents throughout the United States and in other countries in which a Zoom participant was able to broadcast a video depicting child sexual abuse material.

The FBI considers this activity to be a violent crime, as every time child sexual abuse material is viewed, the depicted child is re-victimized. Furthermore, anyone who inadvertently sees child sexual...

FBI releases second reward poster in Navajo language

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The FBI has released a poster in the Navajo language offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the death of James Naswood.

The poster is the second the FBI has issued in Navajo. In March, the FBI released a poster in Navajo advertising a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible individual(s) in the 2014 homicide of Wilson Chiquito, of Counselor, New Mexico.

On Nov. 8, 2019, at approximately 3:30 pm Naswood was found deceased in the front passenger seat of a red Pontiac Grand Am on New Mexico Highway 602 between mile markers 19 and 20...


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Christopher Lee

May 3, 7:55 am

Aggravated DWI

Gallup Police Officer Aaron Baldonado said he was dispatched to a motel on West Lincoln Avenue after the manager reported a domestic dispute.

He said he went to the room and found Lee with no clothes on. The room was trashed and the manager said he wanted Lee, 27, of Window Rock, and his girlfriend evicted from the room. The two gathered their belongings and went to their car and left.

They were stopped by another police officer after they had driven a short distance. Lee agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests and failed as he became verbally aggressive when he was unable to follow directions, Baldonado said.

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