Tag: Scams

JURY SCAM ALERT

Santa Barbara County Superior Court officials are aware of a scam in which identity thieves target local residents and threaten them for failing to report for jury service.
These perpetrators then ask for confidential information.
Jury Services staff NEVER ask for Social Security Numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers or other confidential and sensitive information. 
Information such as this is not contained within our database and we do not request this information from the juror.
We urge all members of the public to be aware of such scams and be careful whenever you reveal confidential information over the telephone.
Do not give out such information over the phone to anyone who calls you claiming to be with the jury office of the Superior Court.
The court is aware of such activity in Santa Barbara County.  A similar scam has also been reported in Ventura County.  If you receive such a telephone call please contact your local law enforcement agency.

Scam and Fraud Rules!

  1. THE IRS WILL NEVER CALL YOU.
    Anyone claiming it’s the IRS, simply hang up and block the caller.
  2. Your Bank will NEVER call you!
    Simply hang up and block the caller.
  3. SOCIAL SECURITY will NEVER call you! Your SSN can never expire for any reason!!! Hang up and block the caller.
  4. Chinese phone calls are bugging a lot of phone numbers.
    Simply hang up and block the caller.
  5. ANY call that starts with a recorded message is a SCAM!
    Simply hang up and block the caller.
  6. ANY caller that asks for your debit or credit card information to send you a free product is a SCAM!!!
    Hang up and block the caller.
  7. ANYONE calling you about a family member is a SCAMMER!
    Hang up and block the caller!
  8. Facebook will NEVER give money for any click, like or share!
    Stop sharing such information.
  9. NEVER click on links you don’t feel sure about.
Don’t panic! Authorities of any kind will NEVER call you to ask you for your social security number, bank account number, or debit/credit card number! Don’t fall for those phone calls.
Don’t fall for false shared information on Social Media!!!
A great solution is NEVER to answer calls from numbers that are not in your contacts list!

Avoid tech support phone scams

Avoid tech support phone scamsThis happened to me today, and because I am very vigilant, I hung up on them. Here is the article from Microsoft’s own site:

Cybercriminals don’t just send fraudulent email messages and set up fake websites. They might also call you on the telephone and claim to be from Microsoft. They might offer to help solve your computer problems or sell you a software license. Once they have access to your computer, they can do the following: Continue reading “Avoid tech support phone scams”