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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DON’T BE A VICTIM OF CHECK-CASHING SCAM

A scammer tried to fool a Joshua Tree resident recently with a check-cashing scam. The resident had placed an ad in a reputable magazine to sell a dog. The scammer sent a check for the dog plus additional funds to ship the dog, and then asked the seller to place

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BEWARE OF THE JURY DUTY SCAM

Con men are getting more aggressive in their attempts to part you with your money, or personal information. Reporter Rebecca Havely has this warning about the jury duty scam… The phone rings, you pick it up, and the caller identifies himself as an officer of the court. He says you

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN NEARLY FALLS PREY TO A RENTAL SCAM

A homeowner was almost the victim of a rental scam. She had listed the home in Yucca Valley for sale, then saw that her home was also being listed online as a home for rent. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers the following tips to help you avoid being the victim

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CHECK-CASHING SCAM VICTIMIZES JOSHUA TREE WOMAN

Scammers tried to fool a Joshua Tree resident into giving them nearly $1,700 recently through a check-cashing scam. A check-cashing scam starts when the victim receives a realistic check or money order as overpayment for merchandise or a secret shopper scheme, with the request the victim deposit the check, and

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WATCH OUT FOR THE MEDIC-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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HOW TO AVOID BEING A CYBERSCAM VICTIM

We know that scam artists use phony websites and email to try and gain access to your credit cards and banking information, but few people are aware the cybercriminals also look for victims via the telephone. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells how you can avoid falling victim to cybercriminals… Tech support

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AREA RESIDENTS GETTING IRS SCAM CALLS, DON’T FALL FOR THEM

Recently, Morongo Basin residents have been receiving phone calls from someone who claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service. Managing editor Tami Roleff says don’t fall for these scammers who say you owe money… The phone rings, and the caller says he is from the IRS and that you

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WATCH FOR THE “TECH SUPPORT” SCAM

We know that scam artists use phony websites and email to try and gain access to your credit cards and banking information, but few people are aware the cybercriminals also look for victims via the telephone. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tell you how you can avoid falling victim to cybercriminals… Tech

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DON’T FALL FOR RENTAL SCAMS

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department has received several reports of residents who have been the victims of fraud when trying to rent a home. The victims respond to an online ad, and send off a deposit and rent—usually by wiring money—Western Union, Moneygrams, or other untraceable payments. Sometimes the

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WATCH FOR FRAUDULENT BLUE CUT FIRE VICTIM FUND-RAISING

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has received reports that a man claiming to represent CalFire is asking residents for donations to help victims of the Blue Cut Fire. The Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that CalFire is not soliciting donations, and that CalFire does not contact residents to ask for

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DON’T FALL FOR IRS SCAM

Recently, Morongo Basin residents have been receiving phone calls from someone who claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service. Managing editor Tami Roleff says don’t fall for these scammers who say you owe money… The phone rings, and the caller says he is from the IRS and that you

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PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST FRAUDULENT CHARGES

With slick computer scammers constantly trying to separate you from your money, we have to be on guard all the time. Reporter Edica Gonzales tells you how to protect yourself against fraudulent credit card charges… To protect yourself against having your credit card information stolen or used, don’t use your

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THE CON ARTISTS ARE SMISHING FOR YOUR MONEY

With online and mobile banking skyrocketing, it’s no surprise that scams have quickly followed. One recent tactic is the use of scam texts. The practice is called “smishing,” a contraction of SMS phishing. Reporter Mike Lipsits says smishing is designed to steal your personal information… A smishing text appears to

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