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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BEWARE THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON SCAM

Recently, some Morongo Basin residents were called by people pretending to be employees of Southern California Edison. The callers said the residents had outstanding bills, and demanded the customers make payments with prepaid cards over the telephone. Edica Gonzalez offers these tips on how to avoid being a victim of

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IRS TELEPHONE SCAM ACTIVE IN OUR MORONGO BASIN

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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BEWARE THE ROMANCE SCAM

The AARP Fraud Watch Network helps raise awareness about consumer fraud and identity theft. In this report, Mike Lipsitz explains what to watch for so you can avoid becoming a victim…

Romance scams start with fake profiles on online dating sites. The scammer, who is allegedly working abroad, quickly builds

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BEWARE THE LAWYER LETTER SCHEME

The AARP Fraud Watch Network helps raise awareness about consumer fraud and identity theft. In this report, Mike Lipsitz explains what to watch for so you can avoid becoming a victim… Scam artists are continuously looking for new angles from which to separate you from your money. In one such

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A WARNING ABOUT JOB AD SCAMS

The AARP Fraud Watch Networks helps raise awareness of consumer fraud. Reporter Rebecca Havely says beware of certain job ads…

If an ad for a job sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Beware of job ads that guarantee you’ll make a certain amount of money or that

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A WARNING ABOUT THE GIFT CARD SCAM

The AARP Fraud Watch Networks helps raise awareness of consumer fraud. Reporter Rebecca Havely says beware of online sellers asking for gift card payments… If you’re purchasing a big-ticket item online, don’t pay with your Amazon gift card; this is a scam. Posing as sellers, scammers claim they need to

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