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Local Utility Scam Alert

Bear Valley Electric Service (BVES) is alerting customers to a current utility scam that seeks to swindle them out of their money by threatening to shut off their power if immediate payment is not received.  The imposters are calling customers posing as representatives of the power company and are using tactics to pressure customers into calling a phone number and surrendering credit card information.  “Unfortunately these types of utility scams have been growing nationally and have already affected many areas of Southern California,” BVES Director Paul Marconi said. “It is important for our customers to know it is against BVES’ policy to call customers and demand payment by threatening of shutting off their power.”  If a BVES customer feels they are being targeted by a scammer via phone, they should end the call immediately and call BVES Customer Service at (909) 866-4678 to verify their account status. Customers are also encouraged to contact the local San Bernardino County Sheriff’s office at (909) 866-0100 to report the incident.  If customers believe that they may have been a victim of this scam, they can report it online to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force at...

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New Scam Reported to Big Bear Sheriff’s Station

Big Bear, CA, May 21, 2012, 3:00pm – On Friday, May 18th, the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station released information about a new scam that was reported locally.  The reporting party received an official-looking letter from a company identifying themselves as Consumer Panel from New York, NY.  The envelope was postmarked out of Canada and contained a survey and computer generated check from the “Finance Center Federal Credit Union” out of Indiana which was made out to the reporting party in the amount of $2,500.00.  The letter was an invitation to participate in a paid survey instructing the consumer to deposit the check into their checking account and keep a portion of the funds.  The consumer was additionally directed to use a portion of the funds to shop at K-Mart and send a Moneygram via Western Union.  The letter notifies the consumer they have 48 hours to complete the survey once the funds are available for withdrawal from their checking account.  The letter also promised that the consumer can keep a portion of the funds and the products purchased at Kmart.  Residents of the Big Bear Valley are advised that this offer is a scam and could lead to identity theft.  Consumers withdrawing funds from these types of fraudulent checks could be held liable for the loss.  If you suspect that you may have been a victim of identity theft, file...

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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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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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