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Arizona Man Sentenced For Scamming Millions From The Elderly

Arizona Man Sentenced For Scamming Millions From The Elderly

MARY ROSE CORKERY REPORTER An Arizona man was sentenced to serve 16 years in jail for scamming millions of dollars from the elderly, officials announced in a Monday press release. Kent Maerki, 78, misrepresented two companies he founded while on the radio, including in a presentation of a “wireless spectrum he called ‘Money From Thin Air’” […]

I Was a Victim of a Gift Card Scam

I Was a Victim of a Gift Card Scam

By Raven West Now that criminals have exhausted the “your relative is in danger” and “you’ve won millions in a Nigerian account” scams, they found another way to steal from vulnerable people, especially unsuspecting seniors; Gift Card Scams. This is a relatively new endeavor, and probably more insidious. I wish I’d heard about this before […]

El Monte Resident Receives 8-year Sentence for “Hard Drive Shucking” Scam

El Monte Resident Receives 8-year Sentence for “Hard Drive Shucking” Scam

On January 17, 2020, Judge David Hirsch of the Ventura County Superior Court imposed an eight-year felony jail sentence on defendant Peter Cuong Chi Nhan (DOB 05/22/77), of El Monte. Nhan was sentenced after he pled guilty on November 22, 2019, to 12 felony counts of conspiracy, organized retail theft, and receiving stolen property. The […]

Lottery Scam in Fillmore | Los Angeles suspect arrested for Elder Abuse

Lottery Scam in Fillmore | Los Angeles suspect arrested for Elder Abuse

Ventura County Sheriff – Incident Press Release A lottery scam investigation in Fillmore on Thursday, October 10th, led to the arrest of a Los Angeles man, Nelson Davila Cruz, 63 years old,  for felony conspiracy to commit a crime, obtaining money by false pretenses, elder abuse, and an out-of-county felony warrant. On October 10th, at approximately 2:40 […]

Social Security Phone Scam Targets Residents

Social Security Phone Scam Targets Residents

The Thousand Oaks Police Department is warning the public of on-going telephone scam that is allegedly received from the Social Security Administration. In the past few weeks, residents have reported that they have received  recorded  calls  from  scammers pretending to be the Social Security Administration.  The  recording  states  that  your social security number has been […]

Fillmore | Phone, Mail, Internet Scams

Fillmore | Phone, Mail, Internet Scams

Ventura County Sheriff – Incident Press Release The Fillmore Police Department would like to warn Fillmore residents about several ongoing scams occurring within our community. During the past month, citizens have reported IRS, Cashier’s Check and Internet scams. In one scam, a resident received a phone call from a subject purportedly from the IRS. The […]

Camarillo | Tax Scam — Beware

Camarillo | Tax Scam — Beware

The Camarillo Police Department would like to warn the public about a current scam. Several residents have received phone calls from someone claiming they owe taxes and that if they  don’t  pay the taxes over the phone they will be arrested. This is a SCAM! This message and many others like it ultimately say that […]

Moorpark Police warn of Scams

Moorpark Police warn of Scams

The Moorpark Police Department would like to alert the residents of Moorpark about several scams that have recently occurred in our city. Members of the community have been approached by subjects claiming to have valuables, including diamonds, winning lottery tickets and expensive jewelry to sell. The diamond scam goes like this: A suspect approaches the […]

Couple Charged in Fraud Scam Targeting Senior Citizen

Couple Charged in Fraud Scam Targeting Senior Citizen

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today the filing of a 27‑count felony complaint against Michael Allen Stewart (DOB 5/4/84) and Selene Castillo Gonzalez (DOB 3/15/84) both of Bakersfield, California. Stewart and Gonzalez are both charged with 11 counts of theft from an elder, 11 counts of grand theft, and 3 counts […]

Advisory SCAM ALERT – Scammers Use Text Messaging to Perpetrate Fraud

Advisory SCAM ALERT – Scammers Use Text Messaging to Perpetrate Fraud

Recently, several residents in Ventura County received a text message from phone number (805) 766-4085. The text message displays a partial credit card number and instructs the receiver of the message to contact the phone number. This text message is being used to perpetrate fraud.  These scammers are moving beyond your email and targeting your […]

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