L.A County Sheriff sends out scam alert.

This alert was sent via nixle and bears forwarding and repeating.  Scammers are out there.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been advised that citizens are receiving phone calls from individuals who are representing themselves as Department employees. The caller usually tells the citizen that there has been a warrant issued for their arrest for failure to appear for Jury Duty. The caller will tell the victim that they have to pay a sum of money or deputies will come and arrest them. The caller will instruct the victim to either get a Money Order, conduct a wire transfer, or buy a Gift Card (usually Green Dot) and send it to “pay the fine.”

BE ALERT, BE ADVISED, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department or any Government Agency will NEVER call and solicit money for fines. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department does not solicit warrant information by phone. The Sheriff’s Department or any Government Agency will NEVER ask you to get a Money Order, Gift Card, or wire transfer. Sheriff Department personnel will never go to your home to collect a fee for a warrant.

BE AWARE, NEVER give your personal information to anyone over the phone. DO NOT give callers information about your bank account, pin numbers, Social Security number or any type of identifying information.

Phone Scam Thieves are just that “Thieves” they will try and trick you into giving them money and information. If you receive a call protect yourself, your information and DO NOT SEND MONEY!

If you receive a phone call, always verify who the caller truly is, DO NOT use a phone number they provide you as verification. Usually numbers provided by the thief will go to a voice recording/message. Call your local Sheriff Station to verify any solicitation.

If you have sent money or believe that you are a victim of a crime, please call your local Sheriff’s Station or Police Department and report the incident.

If you receive a suspicious phone call/solicitation that you believe is not from a real government agency, please contact The Department of Consumer Affairs at (800) 593-8222. You can also file a complaint on the DCA website at dca.lacounty.gov.

Attempted scam on my debit card via “robo-dial”

Picture it, after running around in circles all afternoon and finally home getting dinner on the table, my wife checks the answering machine.  It caused a mighty sphincter wink…damn that is all I need was my thought as she told me about the message:

Good afternoon this is your (garbled) bank fraud center.  Your debit card and linked accounts have been deactivated due to a fraudulent use of your card.  Please call XXX-XXX-XXXX immediately to review the activity and reopen your accounts.  Again this is your bank fraud center, your debit card and linked accounts have been deactivated.  Please call XXX-XXX-XXXX immediately to review the activity and reopen your accounts. Continue reading “Attempted scam on my debit card via “robo-dial””

Scams increasing as economy sours

Last night we got a robo-dial message from Dr. Taylor, MUSD Superintendent advising that a group of people identifying themselves as being part of the High school’s ROP program were trying to sell subscriptions to the LA Times.  It was false and instructions on how to handle were included in her recorded message.

This morning’s Crime Scene Blog put up a post “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” that recapped a story appearing in the San Gabriel Tribune regarding scammers preying on the elderly in the eastern SGV.  That article outlined the usual distract while a partner ransacks the house scam we see.  What is interesting is that the articles actually give the names of the suspects who live in the Long Beach area and have been hitting numerous spots in the LA Metro.

My personal solution when strangers are at the door has been to ask for ID and to see their “solicitation permit” which scares most away.  (I know there isn’t such a requirement but it does freak them out).  What is your solution to dealing with unwanted visitors at your door?