Tag: Email Scam

E-Mail Scam Alert

San Bernardino, CA, September 27, 2012, 6am – Scam Artists are masquerading as Social Security Representatives and they’re attempting to get your personal information through e-mails that appear to be from the Social Security Administration. The e-mails often appear as invitations for you to receive on-going federal benefits.  These e-mails include a link for you to follow that leads to a high-risk site. Replying or clicking on the link may infect your computer. Do not provide any personal or contact information in response to these e-mails. San Bernardino County Adult Protective Services says the e-mails are a scam. The Office of the Inspector General says you should not reply to these e-mails. Don’t follow or click on any of the links in the e-mail. Contact the Social Security Administration directly with any questions. You can report these e-mails to the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271. And if you think you may be a victim of a scam, contact San Bernardino County Adult Protective Services at...

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Big Bear Sheriff’s Station Hosts Free Seminar on Identity Theft and Scams

Big Bear, CA, April 10, 2012, 5:00pm – In order to raise community awareness, the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station is offering a free seminar on identity theft and common fraud scams on Wednesday evening, April 11th.  Our local Sheriff’s Department has received an increased number of reports of scams and identity theft over the past three months.  Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personally identifying information, such as your Social Security number, without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes.  “Scam” is a term that covers a variety of crimes, ranging from bogus Internet auctions to the infamous Nigerian advance fee fraud schemes.  According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, an estimated 8.6 million households in the U.S. experienced some form of identity theft in 2010 with the direct financial loss estimated at $13.3 billion.  And, according to the Federal Trade Commission, California ranks third in the nation per capita for identity theft.  Although senior citizens were once considered to be the most common victims, the 18 to 29 year old age bracket accounts for almost 30% of all identity theft complaints.  All Valley residents are invited to learn more about how identity theft is committed, common Internet scams, techniques to avoid becoming a victim and information on what to do if you are victimized.  Seating is limited to 100 attendees on Wednesday at 6pm in Hofert Hall...

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Email Scam Targeted at First Mountain Bank Customers

Big Bear, Ca, October 4, 2010, 12:00pm – Today KBHR Received a call from Richard Miller of First Mountain Bank, that someone is sending out a scam email posing as First Mountain Bank, stating that your account has been hacked into, and that you need to verify your information to get back into your account.  Delete this email immediately, and do not download any forms or give any information over the email.  The email will link you to a web page that has been designed to look just like First Mountain Banks webpage, and it will ask for your card information, including your pin number.  Once again, do not enter any of your information, as this is a scam.  The email was only sent out an this morning, however if you did submit your information contact the bank immediately at 866-5861.  Banks will never ask for your pin number over the phone or over the Internet, consider this a red flag in the future.  Once again contact First Mountain Bank at 866-5861 if you entered your...

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