Fraud Alerts

June 9, 2017: Scammers Can Tug at an Animal Lover’s Heart and Wallet

En Español

The image of a sad puppy in a cage at a shelter will inspire many animal lovers to donate money to rescue organizations but scammers may be preying on their compassion. Read More...

May 25, 2017: Scammers Target Seniors with Promises of Free Medical Devices from the Government

En Español

The phone rings, a caller claims to represent the Social Security Administration, Medicare, Medicaid or Medi-Cal and offers the senior who answers free devices such as medical alert alarms, back support braces or a motorized scooter or chair. Read More...

May 12, 2017: Old Scam Takes New Forms But Still Ends With Massive Financial Losses

En Español

It has many forms and names – Fund Transfer Scam, Nigerian Prince Scam – but the result is always the same: people get cheated out of their hard-earned cash. Read More...

April 28, 2017: Seniors: “Cheap” Auto Insurance Could Cost You Thousands

En Español

Those ads promising seniors discounted auto insurance rates, no matter their driving record, may prove to be an auto insurance scam. Read More...

April 14, 2017: Scammers Take Advantage When Health Care is in the News

En Español

As the future of health care continues to be the topic of conversation, scammers are paying close attention to the news and may latch on to concerns about changes to health care laws. Read More...

March 24, 2017: Seniors Beware: That’s Not the Taxman on The Phone

En Español

As Tax Day nears, many seniors may get calls or emails from people identifying themselves as Internal Revenue Service or Franchise Tax Board agents – but, in reality, they are crooks looking to make a quick buck. Read More...

March 10, 2017: A Click of a Link Can Lead to Memories, Documents Held Hostage

En Español

An inadvertent click in an email or website can lead to the unexpected download of software that locks the user out of their own computer, holding their files hostage. Read More...

February 24, 2017: A Senior’s Dream Vacation Can Turn into a Nightmare with the Tourist Visa Scam

En Español

Seniors who have saved up for years to take a vacation abroad could arrive at their dream destination only to find that they have been conned. Read More...

February 10, 2017: Immigration Scams Follow Fears About Changing Rules

En Español

As changes in immigration policy take center stage, people seeking assistance should beware of fake attorneys and “notarios.” Read More...

January 27, 2017: Storms Bring Rain, Damage and Contractor Scams Aimed at Seniors

En Español

Recent winter storms have brought the state much-needed rain but may also have caused damage to homes, leaving homeowners, especially seniors, more vulnerable to contractor scams. Read More...

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