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Be skeptical about phone calls from supposedly official parties.  Managing Editor Tami Roleff warns about a scam targeting business customers of Edison…

Imposters claiming to be from SoCal Edison are calling businesses and telling them their electric bills are overdue. The caller then demands immediate payment through a prepaid cash or debit card to avoid having the business’s electricity disconnected. The scammers then collect the value deposited on the card. A Southern California Edison spokeswoman said SCE employees will never ask for payment over the phone or at a customer’s business or residence, nor does SoCal Edison accept PayPal payments. Customers suspecting a fraudulent call should ask for the caller’s name, department, and business phone number, and then they should call SCE at 800-655-4555 to report the incident.

Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.


The scammers are out there trying to trick you out of your money. Reporter Taylor Thacker says the San Bernardino County Superior Court has a warning…
San Bernardino Superior Court officials are warning the public to be aware of scammers posing on the phone as members of the court or law enforcement. Court personnel have received several reports of phony officials calling members of the public, saying an arrest warrant has been issued for failure to show up on a scheduled court date or for jury duty. The callers told people to purchase cash cards from convenience stores to pay off the warrants. Officials do not call people over the phone to remedy court issues or fines. Instead, notifications are sent by mail on official stationary. Members of the public who receive these types of calls from scammers should just hang up. If the calls persist, call local police or the Sheriff’s Department.


The phone scammers are busy locally. Managing Editor Tami Roleff described her experience…
I received a phone call recently from a blocked phone number and when I answered it, I heard an automated voice message saying that my MasterCard account had been locked, and to “press 1 to unlock the card.” Right away I knew this was a scam, since I don’t have a MasterCard account. But if YOU do, and you get this phone call, do like I did, and hang up. Don’t press 1, and don’t under any circumstances, give out your credit or debit card number—or any other personal information like your PIN, date of birth, social security number, etc—to anyone who calls you. If it’s your bank, they will already know your card number and you won’t need to give it to them. Call the 800 number on the back of your card to verify if there’s a problem with your card. Sad to say, but you can’t trust anyone who calls YOU.


Con men are posing as the IRS in the latest phone scam victimizing local residents. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you what to be careful of…
The scammers are still trying to separate you from your money. Last week, another Morongo Basin resident received a phone call from a man claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. The caller said the resident was being investigated for tax fraud and needed her personal information over the telephone or she would be arrested. The caller also gave the woman a phone number and again threatened her with arrest if she didn’t call. This is a scam. First of all, the IRS NEVER initiates its first contact with taxpayers over the phone, by fax, OR by e-mail. Furthermore, the IRS doesn’t take payments over the phone. And being a government agency, the IRS moves very slowly; it’s not going to immediately send out a Sheriff’s deputy to arrest you. If you have any questions about the legitimacy of a communication from “the IRS,” call 800-366-4484 or go to irs.gov.


If you have to send money to win a prize, beware! Also, you cannot win a contest you did not enter! In spite of those two basic rules local residents continue to get scammed. Managing Editor Tami Roleff said one local woman lost nearly $20,000.00 in a common sweepstakes scam…

Winning a large sweepstakes prize is a dream come true for many people. However, that dream can quickly turn into a nightmare if the win notification was actually a sweepstakes scam. One Yucca Valley resident fell victim to such a fraud recently. The woman was contacted by phone by someone who said she was the winner of a half million dollar sweepstakes prize. All she had to do was send money for processing fees and insurance on the prize. The woman borrowed money from a friend to the tune of $19,530 before she realized she had been scammed. If you are called out of the blue that you won a prize, chances are it’s a scam. You can’t win if you didn’t enter the contest. In addition, legitimate sweepstakes will never ask you to pay fees to participate or to receive a prize. You should never have to pay handling charges, service fees, or any other kind of charges up front to receive a prize—those are sure signs of sweepstakes scams. Report any scams to the Sheriff’s Department.