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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COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT OFFICIALS WARN OF PHONE SCAM

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

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CREDIT CARD PHONE SCAMMERS WORKING LOCALLY

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

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IRS PHONE SCAM TARGETING LOCAL RESIDENTS

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

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SWEEPSTAKES SCAM VICTIMIZES A YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN

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…

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DO YOU NEED WATER SERVICE LINE INSURANCE?

Did you receive a letter offering to sell you insurance for your outside water pipes? Is it a scam or a prudent investment? Reporter Diana Jones examines water line insurance offers…

Some Morongo Basin residents may have received a mailing urging the recipient to buy insurance for their water service

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SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT WARNS OF SO-CAL EDISON PHONE SCAM

The Sheriff’s Department is warning residents and businesses that it has received a number of reports about a telephone scam. 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

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COUNTY WARNS OF SCAMS PHONE CALLS FROM ALLEGED PUBLIC DEFENDERS

And some County residents are the victim of another scam, in which a scammer calls and impersonates a loved one, and says they are in jail for driving under the influence and hit-and-run. The impersonator tells the victim that a public defender has worked out a great deal; the case

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