Scam Alert: Yolo County DA’s Office Warns Residents of Immigration Fraud
(Woodland, CA) – May 31, 2018 Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig is warning individuals who are seeking help in their path to citizenship to be aware of potential scams targeting undocumented residents and their money.
These kinds of scams have been negatively impacting people across California as a result of immigration issues that have recently taken center stage nationally. Scammers have been targeting undocumented citizens in an attempt to charge for government forms, which are free. They are charging to assist in completing an application for benefits which the victim is ineligible for, and are even claiming to have friends who work for immigration that can speed up the immigration process. Victims end up paying for what they think is a fast-path to citizenship but end up paying for a service they never receive.
Victims of immigration fraud can end up losing large sums of money, or even worse, hurting their chances of obtaining legal status.
Don Chairez, who specializes in the area of immigration law and represents many undocumented citizens, stated “too many immigrants are being victimized by so called immigration consultants. Alerting undocumented residents to be mindful and vigilant is critical. Otherwise, they get ripped off and often end up in deportation proceedings with their rights to stay in the country seriously damaged.” The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office urges you to utilize these helpful tips if you are seeking assistance in your path to citizenship.
• If an attorney claims to be licensed in California, confirm his or her status by calling the State Bar of California’s immigration hotline at 866-879-4532 or by going to: calbar.ca.gov.
• In California, it is illegal for a person to self-identify as a “notario,” if they are not a licensed attorney
• Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ website at https://www.uscis.gov/avoid-scams/find-legal-services to find free or low-cost legal assistance
• If you have fallen victim to one of these scams, you may email fraud tips to the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office: https://yoloda.org/fraud-reporting/
• Call the Yolo County District Attorney fraud hotline: 1-855-496-5632
• Call the UC Davis legal immigration clinic at: 530-752-6942
• Call the Mexican Consulate in Sacramento at: 916-329 3500
"If it sounds too good to be true or if it doesn't seem right..."
The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office publishes the following FRAUD ALERTS for your safety, warning of new scams and cons. Please share this information with members of your organization, as well as family, friends and neighbors.
Fraud Alert: Beware of Fraudulent Magazine Subscription Renewal Notices
(Woodland, CA) - February 27, 2015 - Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig issued a consumer alert regarding a recent scam involving fake magazine subscription mailings. Individuals throughout California have received fraudulent notices that claim to be bills, invoices or renewal notices for magazine subscriptions. They appear to be legitimate renewal notices from a magazine, but they could be a scam and should be thoroughly inspected for authenticity before responding. Seniors should be especially wary as they are frequently targeted by scams of this nature.
These fraudulent renewal notices are very deceptive and look very official with account numbers printed on them. They will come from a third party with a company name that is different than the legitimate publisher for the magazine that you are subscribed to, and often include a self addressed envelope with a return address that is also in a different state than the magazine publisher. Questions about your subscription renewal should be voiced to the publisher directly. Their contact information can be found inside the magazine or on their official website.
According to DA Reisig, “These unique types of scams have increased over the past several months. The best defense against becoming a victim of such a scam is to be educated and aware.”
If you have received one of these fraudulent notices you can file a complaint with one of the following: The California Attorney General's Office at https://oag.ca.gov/contact/consumer-complaint-against-business-or-company or the Yolo County District Attorney's Office at http://yoloda.org. Be sure to include a copy of the deceptive notice with your complaint. For more information about this and other types of scams or to report suspected scams to the Yolo County District Attorney, please call 855-4-YOLO-DA or visit YoloDA.org.
For more information, please contact Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This photo depicts an example of a fraudulent subscription renewal notice.
Update: 4/4/2014 12:30 PM Fraud Alert - More Fake Internal Revenue Service Telephone Calls!
Update: 3/1/2012 9:00 AM Telemarketing Sales Call Leads to Expensive and Extensive Repairs
In The Studio - Scams and Consumer Fraud
Davis Community Television (DCTV) online with Rita Montes-Martin. She hosts Dave Edwards, Enforcement Offices - Elder Protection Unit, Yolo County District Attorney, Heidi D'Agostino, Consumer and Enviromental Unit, and Lt. Dan Stroski, Insurance Fraud Unit. yoloda.org (530) 666-8180.
Fraud Alert - Door-to-Door Insurance Salespersons
Click here for informational flyer - Senior citizens recently have been filing complaints involving a life insurance agent posing as a Medi-Cal/Medicare representative. This individual has been phoning seniors living at retirement facilities in West Sacramento and Davis and making appointments with them at their residential facilities for the following day. The sales person has not been informing seniors of the nature of the appointment either at the time of the phone contact or at the time of the face-to-face meeting. While the products being offered by the sales person may be legitimate, the manner in which the sales person is contacting seniors is illegal.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Video Library - Videos describing scams (mortgage, ID Theft, Phishing, Telephone, etc.)
All Videos - http://ftc.gov/multimedia/video/index.shtml
Fraud Alert – "Grandma, It’s Me" SCAM
(Woodland, CA) – July 20, 2009 District Attorney Jeff Reisig wants to alert older adults about a scam occurring in the area. Recently, a local resident wired $3000 dollars to a thief from Canada using this trick.
In a typical scenario, a grandparent receives a phone call from a con artist claiming to be one of his/hers grandchildren. The caller often tells a story about being out of the country and in some kind of trouble. It may involve getting arrested or a car accident and they always want you to keep it a secret. Next they ask for money to be sent as soon as possible using a wire service like MoneyGram or Western Union.
The District Attorney asks that you help spread the word about this scam and be suspicious if anyone calls unexpectedly asking you to wire money (especially to Canada). We suggest that you contact a family member to verify the situation – even if you are told to keep it a secret. You might even consider having a password or a security question for the caller that only a real family member would know.
Click here for a down-loadable flyer that you can print to display - Adobe Acrobat PDF file
Door-to-Door Cons Target Elderly
Door-to-door con artists are here - posing as utility or city workers. Once inside your home, these imposters will distract you while accomplices search for cash, jewelry and other valuables. They have even taken strong boxes and safes. Click here for more information.
Property Assessment Scam - Tax Bills That Look Official, But Are Not...
A Los Angeles-based company is mailing notices resembling tax bills to homeowners in Northern California, including Yolo County homeowners, offering property value review services for a fee of $179.00. This service is already provided free of charge by the Yolo County Assessor’s Office and the Yolo County Assessment Appeals Board. This Los Angeles-based company and other similar companies are not affiliated with the Assessor’s office or any other agency of local government. Click here to read more.
Don’t be a Victim of Phishing
Many Internet users are receiving E-mails requesting personal and confidential account information. The e-mail sender often poses as a bank, government agency, or companies like eBay and PayPal. In reality the sender is a criminal. Click here for more information (requires Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - link for free version at bottom of page).