Tag: Scams

Vacation Rental Property Scam

Big Bear, CA, March 11, 2015 – The Big Bear Sheriff’s Station has recently received numerous calls regarding a scam involving Big Bear residences being advertised as vacation rentals. The way it works is this, the victim finds a vacation rental through a legitimate site such as TripAdvisor and is able to view property details and photographs. When they go to book the property, they are redirected to a private e-mail account that belongs to the scammer. Arrangements are made to make payment for the rental property by wiring funds to a designated account through a service such as Western Union. The victim even receives a receipt. When they arrive at the property, they are typically greeted by a homeowner who has no knowledge of any rental agreement. Victims are being scammed out of several thousand dollars at a time. This scam is not restricted to Big Bear. If you are using the Internet to book a getaway, keep yourself from becoming a victim of this by looking for these common red flags. Are you being redirected to another website? Is there poor spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors in the ‘property manager’s’ communications? Do they want you to pay by cashier’s check or unsecured wire transfer? If you answer yes to any of those questions, you should consider choosing another site to plan your vacation. To report fraud, contact...

Read More

Telephone Scam Strikes Big Bear

Big Bear Lake, CA, March 28, 2014 – Telephone scammers have been trying to swindle utility customers in Big Bear in recent weeks. Bear Valley Electric Service says several customers–mostly small business owners–have been called by people posing as BVE representatives. The callers try to pressure customers for their credit card numbers and other personal information to avoid having their power shut off. BVES Director Harry Scarborough says these types of scams have been increasing across the country, and added that his employees do not call customers with such aggressive threats. Any customer suspecting a phone scam should hang up immediately, call BVES to verify their account status, and report the incident to the Sheriff’s Station. If a customer believes they 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 StopFraud.gov....

Read More