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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DON’T FALL FOR THE JURY 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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DON’T FALL FOR IRS SCAM

Due to the holiday of Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C., the deadline to file your taxes has been pushed back to today. Over the last week, Morongo Basin residents have been receiving automated telephone calls from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. The message informs you the

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BEWARE OF THE IRS TAX SCAM

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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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN TARGET OF LOTTERY SCAM

It’s a variation of an old scam, but one that Sheriff’s Department investigators say they haven’t seen before. A Twentynine Palms man said he received a letter informing him that he has won a $250,000 lottery, along with a check for more than $4,700. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in

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WATCH OUT FOR THE IRS SCAM

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. Managing editor Tami Roleff gives tips on how you can avoid being a victim… The

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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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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. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains how you can avoid being a victim…. A grandparent receives a

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BE ON THE GUARD FOR “SMISHING” SCAMMERS

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 Lipsitz explains what smishing is and how to avoid it… Smishing is designed to steal

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BE AWARE OF CHECK CASHING SCAMS

One of the ways scammers separate you from your heard-earned money are though a number of check-cashing scams. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you what to watch out for… To avoid being a victim of a check-cashing scheme, know the scenario of a potential scam. Think about it—there is no

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RASH OF FRAUDULENT CREDIT CARD CHARGES IN MORONGO BASIN

To protect yourself against having your credit card information stolen or used, don’t use your PIN for your debit card, but sign for it instead by selecting the credit card option. Use other ways to pay, such as PayPal, or even better, cash. Check your credit card statements carefully. Crooks

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SHERIFF WARNS ABOUT THE “ARREST WARRANT” SCAM

Scam artists are still luring trusting area residents into parting with their hard-earned money. Reporter Rebecca Havely 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 the to pose as the

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SHERIFF WARNING ABOUT KIDNAPPING SCAM, VEHICLE THEFTS

The Sheriff’s Department is warning the public about a new phone scam regarding false kidnappings. Several victims in the county have received phone calls from unknown suspects, claiming their child had been abducted, and that the child would be harmed or killed if the victims did not cooperate with their

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IRS SCAMS TARGETING OUR MORONGO BASIN COMMUNITIES

Over the last week, citizens of the Morongo Basin have been receiving automated telephone calls from a Washington, DC, area code. The message informs you the IRS is going to file a law suit against you and asks you to call back for more information. The IRS is not making

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CYBERCRIME SEMINAR FOR SENIORS IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

With computer scams on the rise, a cyber-crime seminar will be offered tomorrow in Yucca Valley, Reporter David Knutson has details… Alan Watkins, a professional cyber-security consultant, will lead a second seminar titled “Identity Theft Seminar for Seniors” on November 4 at the Yucca Valley Senior Center from 1:30 p.m.

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TOWN OFFERS CYBER-CRIME WORKSHOPS FOR ONLINE SAFETY

With hackers stealing millions of personal records, scam artists stealing pin numbers, and internet based scams an the rise, it is important to learn how to protect yourself and your family. The Town of Yucca Valley is offering cyber-security workshops. Reporter David Knutson has details…… October is National Cyber Security

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CON ARTISTS TARGET ELDERLY WITH “MEDICAL ALERT” SCAM

Scam artists continue to rip off residents of our Morongo Basin. Reporter Rebecca Havely warns about the “medical alert” scam…

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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

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