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Suspects Arrested on Fraud Charges

Big Bear Lake, CA – June 25, 2015 – At approximately 8:40 a.m. on 06/23/15, a non-sworn bail bonds fugitive recovery team responded to a residence in the 1400 block of S. Klamath Road in Big Bear City to apprehend Jack Soccio on a bail warrant.  Assistance from the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station was requested by the recovery team.  Upon contact, Soccio was placed into handcuffs by the bail bonds agents without incident.  It was determined that Soccio was renting the house with a female subject, identified as Maryna Gynenska, who was also at the location.  As deputies went to clear the residence to make sure no other occupants were inside the house, numerous credit cards, passports and checkbooks displaying names of persons not living at the location were seen in plain sight from the front door of the residence.  The residence was secured while Big Bear Detectives obtained a search warrant, which was executed the same day.  As a result of the search, additional items including mail, out-of-state identifications, computers and printers, and a skimming device consistent with manufacturing false identifications and duplicating credit cards, were recovered and taken as evidence. Soccio and Gynenska were taken into custody and booked into the Big Bear Jail on felony charges of possession of personal identifying information of 10 or more persons with the intent to commit fraud. Bail is set at...

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First Mountain Bank Customers Reminded to Keep Information Private

Big Bear, Ca July 13, 2011 2:00 pm – First Mountain Bank has alerted KBHR that their customers are, once again, receiving fraudulent phone calls, generated by scam artists claiming to be making contact on behalf of the bank.  Those called have reportedly been asked to provide account numbers and pin codes to reactivate their ATM and debit cards.  A similar series of bank scam calls took place in the Big Bear Valley last August, and prior to that in April and June 2010, and in April 2009. These automated scam phone calls may ask for a debit card number or password.  Big Bear residents are reminded never to give out that information over the phone.   As Richard Miller, Compliance and Information Security Officer for First Mountain Bank, advises Kbear,  “No bank should call, email or anything else to verify your information, because they already have that info.  Never give a password or pin number to anyone, especially on the phone.”  If you are a banking customer of First Mountain Bank and have inadvertently shared any pertinent information, you are advised to contact the bank, either by visiting one of their four branches or by calling (909) 866-5861. More information is available at http://www.firstmountainbank.com/ [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP30897.mp3|titles=First Mountain Bank Customers Receiving Scam Calls...

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Identity Theft as Easy as Throwing Out Trash

Big Bear, Ca March 28, 2011 8:00 am – Your identity can be taken as easily as throwing out the trash.  In 2007, a mountain resident had her identity stolen and at least 10 different charge accounts opened in her name.  Recently, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s detectives were able to follow the trail of items purchased with these accounts and raided a residence in Los Angeles.  They found almost 1,000 individuals’ names, birth dates, and social security numbers, along with counterfeit driver’s licenses, credit cards, and check books using these names.  It is suspected that the thieves routinely went through trash from banks, car dealerships and other businesses, gathering personal information.  Businesses can protect their customers by implementing a security program, evaluating information collected, and ensuring that sensitive information is protected.  Consumers can minimize their risks by being careful with whom they share information.   The San Bernardino County Sheriff recommends the following links with additional about protecting yourself and your customers against identity theft: Federal Trade Commission: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft FDIC: Identity Theft & Fraud [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP30570.mp3|titles=Identity Theft Easy as Throwing Out...

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