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Protect seniors from financial abuse

Posted March 27, 2015 by Sean Payne

It’s unfortunate but true: The elderly population is targeted for financial abuse or exploitation. In fact, by some estimates, this type of targeted abuse results in billions of dollars in losses each year. If you have elderly parents, what signs should you watch for to determine their vulnerability? And what can you do to help […]

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Huntington Beach PD warns about rental property fraud

Posted March 20, 2015 by courtesy

During the summer months, we typically will see an increase in rental property fraud. The demand for a summer rental property is high. With this in mind, there are many con-artists out there looking to take advantage of unsuspecting citizens. The most common fraud occurs on Craigslist or any online advertisement for rental properties. The […]

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Huntington Beach PD warns of tax-season scammers

Posted March 11, 2015 by courtesy

The Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) continues to receive reports of various scams involving IRS, jury duty, rental property fraud, computer fraud, and utility companies to include Edison and Verizon. HBPD posted about the IRS scam on Jan. 31, 2015. HBPD will continue to put out posts on the Department’ Facebook page about the common […]

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Major mortgage scammer sentenced to 24 years in prison

Posted March 8, 2015 by courtesy

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California Benjamin B. Wagner today announced that Alan Tikal, the principal operator of a large-scale mortgage fraud scheme, was sentenced to 24 years in prison. “Alan Tikal’s actions were illegal and will not be tolerated in California. He and his partners […]

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Belmont Shore Business Association warns of new business scam

Posted March 5, 2015 by courtesy

A new scam involving fraudulent billing invoices has been sent to businesses in Northern California. Apparently, they have come to Southern California. The Belmont Athletic Club in Belmont Shore received an an invoice from RMZ Fire Safety out of Claremont for “Annual State Required fire safety equipment inspection” in the amount of $413.11. Please be […]

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California Attorney General offers tips to protect against tax-season fraud

Posted March 3, 2015 by courtesy

As part of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris is alerting Californians to the threat of tax-related identity theft and issuing tips on how consumers can protect themselves during the tax filing process. Tax-related identity theft commonly occurs when thieves send phishing emails that appear to be from the Internal Revenue Service […]

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Seal Beach woman gets nearly 3-year sentence for real estate fraud

Posted February 24, 2015 by courtesy

A Seal Beach woman was sentenced today to 35 months in federal prison for operating a $1.4 million fraud scheme that bilked clients who paid money in response to false promises of ownership in commercial real estate. Karen Hanover, 48, was sentenced by United States District Judge Josephine Staton, who scheduled a May 8 hearing […]

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Phone scammers claim to represent OC Sheriff’s Department

Posted February 18, 2015 by courtesy

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department advises the public to be aware of phone scams involving subjects pretending to be law enforcement personnel. Several instances of this type of fraud continue to occur throughout Orange County. Anatomy of a scam Suspects fraudulently identifying themselves as law enforcement officers, call victims claiming they have a warrant for […]

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Five charged with targeting Hispanics in loan fraud ring

Posted January 22, 2015 by courtesy

Three men and two women have been charged with committing loan modification fraud by targeting Hispanic victims throughout Southern California. Three of the defendants are family members and are charged with leading a family-run home loan modification ring and illegally charging victims for services that they did not provide. Four of the defendants have been […]

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LBPD offers tips to avoid holiday fraudsters

Posted December 14, 2014 by courtesy

The Long Beach Police Department would like to remind consumers to take precautions and not become a fraud statistic this holiday season. During this time of the year, credit and debit cards are certain to be one of the most commonly used forms of payment. With the surge of reported domestic and international fraud schemes, […]

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Edison cautions customers about holiday scam artists

Posted December 6, 2014 by courtesy

Southern California Edison (SCE) warns customers to stay vigilant this holiday season as imposters, claiming to represent the utility, continue a telephone scam demanding immediate payment for allegedly past-due electricity bills. The hustle and bustle of the season makes customers especially vulnerable as telephone bill scammers increase calls threatening to disconnect electrical service unless immediate […]

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Power plant refurbishment company executives sentenced for tax evasion

Posted September 20, 2014 by courtesy

A former executive was sentenced yesterday to seven years in state prison for failing to pay taxes on over $180 million in unreported income from their power plant refurbishing business. Richard Engel, 70, pleaded guilty Dec. 16, 2011, to three felony counts of filing false personal tax returns and five felony counts of failing to […]

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