Tag: San Bernardino County Adult Protective Services

‘Postage Due’ SCAM ALERT

  Big Bear, CA, October 22, 2015 – Seniors are being specifically targeted in a ‘Postage Due’ scam to obtain bank account and credit card information. Scam artists are delivering official looking notices to mailboxes stating that a package is being held pending payment of the postage due. The fraudulent notice provides a telephone number that belongs to the scam artists. If you call, they inform you that they will deliver the package as soon as you pay the postage due, plus a delivery and/or processing fee. They request your bank account or credit card information to make it ‘more convenient’ for you to pay the amount due. The charges may be nominal, but now they have your financial information. The following tips can help you protect yourself from this type of scam. Never give out your bank account or credit card information. Never wire money or use a pre-paid debit card. Keep track of everything you order and the contact information of the seller. Never react quickly to a request for money. Do not feel pressured by a due date on an unsolicited notice or package. If you receive something you did not order, contact your local Post Office. Do not call the number on the notice. If you think you may be a victim of a scam, contact San Bernardino County Adult Protective Services at (877)565-2020, or...

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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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