WHAT TO WATCH FOR WITH DOOR-TO-DOOR SOLICITORS

With the colder weather that comes along with the holidays, so do the door-to-door solicitors. And while many operate fairly and honestly, there are ways to spot those who are simply looking for a quick buck. Managing editor Tami Roleff gives some tips on how to protect yourself from unscrupulous

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A NEW WARNING ABOUT SCAMMERS POSING AS THE IRS

Morongo Basin residents have recently been receiving fraudulent phone calls from someone who claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service. Reporter Andrew Dieleman warns residents to not fall for these scammers who say you owe money… With tax season fast approaching, federal officials are warning about scammers posing as

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YUCCA VALLEY RESIDENT SCAMMED OUT OF $15,000

A Yucca Valley resident is out $15,000 after falling victim to a Nigerian scam. According to a Sheriff’s report, the victim said a friend, whom she had never met, traveled to Nigeria in 2016 and recently asked for money to get out of Nigeria. The victim received several checks, supposedly

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TWENTYNINE PALMS COUPLE VICTIM OF RENTAL SCAM

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department has received a report of residents who were the victims of fraud when trying to rent a home in Twentynine Palms. The victims responded to an online ad, and paid a deposit and first and last month’s rent. However, when they showed up on moving

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JOSHUA TREE WOMAN SCAMMED OUT OF $9,700

Recently, a Joshua Tree woman was scammed out of $9700 when someone based in India convinced her that her computer was hacked. Over a two-week period, the victim sent the fake company $9700 via gift cards to fix the non-existent problem on her computer. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains how

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WATCH FOR THE IPHONE APP SCAM

The Better Business Bureau is warning iPhone owners about fake retail apps popping up in Apple’s app store that will steal your information. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more information about this latest scam…

Counterfeiters have impersonated themselves as retail chains like Dollar Tree, Foot Locker, department stores and online retailers

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HOW TO AVOID BEING A VICTIM OF ONLINE SCAMS

Another woman is out money after she was the victim of a common online scam. The unidentified woman tried to buy two African gray parrots online from a person in Ohio. She sent the seller $700 in Moneygrams but the seller said he needed more money for shipping costs. When

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN SWINDLED OUT OF ALMOST $3,000.00 IN BABY SITTER SCAM

In a new twist on an old con, a woman in Twentynine Palms found herself swindled out of $2,860 from a long-distance perpetrator. According to Sheriff’s records, the victim told deputies she had supposedly been hired for babysitting work by a man who claimed to be moving from New York

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BEWARE OF THE ARREST WARRANT SCAM

Scam artists are still luring trusting area residents into parting with their hard-earned money. Reporter Sara Snyder says beware of the “arrest warrant” scam…

In this scam, con artists are taking advantage of technology that can change whatever is visible on Caller ID, and allow them to pose as the

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BEWARE OF THE “GRANDPARENT’S” SCAM

An old phone scam that is making the rounds again. It’s called the “grandparents scam,” because the caller pretends to be the victim’s grandchild who needs money because of an arrest or car crash. A woman in Morongo Valley received a call recently in which the caller claimed to be

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MORONGO BASIN RESIDENTS GETTING HIT WITH THE MEDICAL ALERT SCAM

Scam artists continue to rip off residents of our Morongo Basin. Reporter Sara Snyder warns about the medical alert scam… A new twist to the telemarketing scam. With promises of a “free” medical alert system, the scam targeted seniors and caretakers and claimed to be offering the system free of

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WARNING ABOUT THE MEDICAL ALERT SCAM

Scam artists continue to rip off residents of our Morongo Basin. Reporter Sara Snyder warns about the “Medical Alert” scam…

A new twist to the telemarketing scam. With promises of a “free” medical alert system, the scam targeted seniors and caretakers and claimed to be offering the system free of

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BEWARE THE HOME REPAIR SCAM

Many Californians are considering making home improvements, and that has consumer watchdog groups warning homeowners to beware of con artists. Managing editor Tami Roleff warns homeowners to beware of con artists offering steep discounts…

Fraud fighter Bob Denz with the AARP says home repair and improvement scams rake in billions

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PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST CREDIT CARD SCAM

Credit card fraud continues to be a major problem here in our Morongo Basin communities. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has some tips on how to protect yourself…

To protect yourself against having your credit card information stolen or used, don’t use your PIN for your debit card, but sign for

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BEWARE OF THE JURY SCAM

Jury scams have been around for years and is one of the most successful scams for getting a quick payoff, but also for getting personal information for future identity theft. Reporter Eric Knabe offers these tips to help you avoid being a victim of this jury scam… The jury scam

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BEWARE THE “YES” SCAM

A good reason not to answer calls from unknown numbers is because of a fraud, like the “Say ‘yes’” scam. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more… News reports warn the of the “Say Yes” scam. A scammer will call and ask a question to attempt to get the victim to say

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COUNTY ASSESSOR’S OFFICE WARNS OF A NEW SCAM

Another scam designed to part honest, hardworking people from their money has cropped up here in San Bernardino County. Managing editor Tami Roleff puts out this warning about the assessor’s scam. The San Bernardino County Assessor’s office is warning the public about multiple reports of suspicious activity. People are knocking

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PIONEERTOWN MAN SCAMMED OUT OF ALMOST $2,000

A Pioneertown man was scammed out of nearly $2,000 Friday. According to the Sheriff’s Department, an unknown woman called the victim and said she was from the Federal Reserve Bank and that he was prequalified for a federal grant program. The victim was told to purchase two iTunes gift cards

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A WARNING ABOUT THE “FAKE CHECK” SCAM

AARP Fraud Watch Network wants us to be aware that fake checks are featured in many types of scams, from phony prize winnings to fake jobs. And scammers are good at making phony checks look legitimate. Reporter Eric Knabe tells us how to spot a scam… The scams typically involve

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A WARNING ABOUT SCAMMERS POSING AS THE IRS

Now that tax season is here, federal officials are warning about scammers posing as IRS agents. The IRS says the tax scam is the most common tax scam, with victims losing more than $26 million. The most important thing to be aware of is that the IRS never makes its

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