ANOTHER 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. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers these tips on how to avoid being a

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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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SHERIFF’S REPORT A NEW VARIATION ON AN OLD SCAM

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department has received a report of a variation of an old scam. According to a Sheriff’s report, a Twentynine Palms woman agreed to take care of someone’s new dogs via an ad on Care.com until the owner moved from Texas to the area. The pet sitter

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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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ELDERLY WOMAN ALMOST VICTIMIZED BY IMMIGRATION SCAM

An elderly woman was nearly scammed out of $1800 Friday by a caller who said she would be deported if she didn’t pay up. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the victim said she was contacted by telephone by someone who said he was an Immigration officer. The caller had spoofed

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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 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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DON'T BE THE VICTIM OF “SMISHING” ANOTHER Z107.7 SCAM ALERT

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 it is and how to avoid it…

Smishing is designed to steal

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ANOTHER 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. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers these tips on how to avoid being a

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A WARNING ABOUT IRS SCAMS

Now that the end of tax season is here, federal officials are warning about scammers posing as IRS agents. The IRS imposter scam tops the list of tax scams to be on the lookout for this year, according to law enforcement officials. Managing editor Tami Roleff gives tips on how

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BEWARE OF THE “GRANDPARENTS’ 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… Grandparents in Yucca Valley

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TWENTYNINE MAN A VICTIM OF A CRAIGSLIST SCAM

A Twentynine Palms resident is out $2000 due to a Craigslist scam. According to a Sheriff’s report, the victim tried to buy a 2001 Dodge 1500 truck, and the seller requested the buyer send the funds via ReLoadIt, a prepaid debit card. When the seller requested more money for the

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