Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino County Consumer Alert: Beware of Telephone Scams

by Charles Cleveland, Attorney & Real Estate Broker

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Charles Cleveland

Over the past year, several of my present and past clients in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties have contacted me regarding a variety of telephone scams. Some are Robo-calls but most of them involved imposters pretending to be from the Social Security Administration, police departments, government tax collection, court fine collectors, government census takers, investments, charities and even pretending to be from your bank. If you are involved in a real estate transaction, never give your private information or financial documents to anyone on the phone pretending to be your bank or lender. Hang up and your realtor or mortgage lender directly.

Remember it’s extremely unlikely that any of these government agencies, real estate agents, mortgage lenders or private entities will call you and ask you for your personal identifying information over the phone. Many of these scammers make threats of arrest, collection proceedings, court dates, offers of prices or discounts, and other forms of intimidation or enticement. If this happens to you, hang up and report that phone call. The following links explain how these scams work and how to report them to the appropriate government agency. Here are some links to help you learn more about these types of scams targeting Rancho Cucamonga and Inland Empire residents.

Common Scams and Frauds: https://www.usa.gov/common-scams-frauds

Scams: Phone Fraud https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/taxonomy/term/874

What to do about robocalls: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2019/03/what-do-about-robocalls