Fraud Alerts

October 13, 2017: Some Free Apps May Prove Costly

En Español

There are apps to fill the needs of virtually every cell-phone user, but consumers should be careful not to let an app scam them. Read More...

September 22, 2017: Seniors Warned to be Careful When Selling a Timeshare

En Español

Maintaining a timeshare can become a burdensome expense for a senior on a fixed income. Selling the timeshare may be an attractive option, but retirees should proceed with caution. Read More...

September 8, 2017: Hurricanes, Wildfires Give Way to Fraud Involving Online Equipment Sales

En Español

Natural disasters bring out the best – and worst — in people. Most want to help, but scammers are quick to take advantage of people’s willingness to assist those affected by hurricanes and wildfires. Read More...

August 25, 2017: Crooks Target Seniors with Blessing Scams

En Español

Seniors with deep religious or spiritual beliefs, particularly those in immigrant communities, should be aware of a hoax that exploits those ideas and can result in the loss of cash and valuables.

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August 11, 2017: Mailed Cell Phones Never Returned in Malware Removal Scam

En Español

A caller to a mobile phone warns of malware infecting the device but instead of removing the virus, the scammer manages to convince the victim to send him the phone. Read More...

July 28, 2017: Scammers Lure Seniors Into Paying for Worthless Lists of “Resources”

En Español

Financially vulnerable seniors are being preyed upon by phone, at church and other places by people falsely claiming to represent a company that can help them gain access to government grants and other funding in exchange for a “fee.” Read More...

July 13, 2017: Travel Agent Scam Derails Summer Fun

En Español

A travel agent offers plane tickets at a great discount, their client receives a confirmation but weeks later the hopeful traveler realizes it’s a con. Read More...

June 23, 2017: Seniors Warned to Think Before They Click

En Español

Email phishing scams continue to be a favorite tool of financial predators who primarily target seniors. Read More...

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...

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