BPD warns of multiple scams taking place

The Bakersfield Police Department has been receiving numerous calls regarding a variety of scams occurring in the community.

Typically, the public scams taking place are limited to one type of scam or another. For example, a PG&E scam or Kern County Sheriff Department warrant scam.

The BPD has received calls regarding IRS, PG&E, Jury Duty, Arrest Warrant, Grandparent, Pre-Paid Debit card, Lottery and many more types of scams. 

Here are some tips that you can use to protect yourself from being the victim of a scam:

  • Do not provide unsolicited personal identifying information over the phone 
  • Do not send money based on a request made over the phone or on the internet 
  • Do not purchase a pre-paid debit card and give the information to a caller 
  • Do not act quickly, hang up the phone and verify 
  • Do your own research on the agency or institution the caller claims to be representing 
  • Do not rely on an internet site or telephone number provided by the caller 
  • Be aware of elderly adults’ financial activities, the elderly are often prime victims of telephone scammers 

 

The Bakersfield Police Department is reminding people that once they send a scammer money, their MONEY WILL NOT BE RECOVERED!!! So when entering into a financial agreement with an unsolicited caller or internet solicitation asking for money be prepared to simply give that money away.

 

Here are some links to a variety of internet sites that provide useful information about how not to be victimized by scammers: 

  • Federal Trade Commission – www.ftc.gov 
  • National Consumers League – www.fraud.org 
  • Internet Crime Complaint Center – www.ic3.gov 
  • Better Business Bureau – www.bbb.org 

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111. 

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