Tag: scam

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

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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

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