During this COVID-19 pandemic, criminals pose as government employees to obtain the victims' social security number and/or Medicare card numbers using robocalls, spam emails, cold calls, and door-to-door solicitation.
If you are a victim of these scammers, call the OCDA's Coronavirus Scame Hotline at (714) 834-3482 or 1-800-MEDICARE (for Medicare Fraud).
Anaheim Public Utilities has received reports of scammers calling residents demanding immediate payment via pre-pad cards, in person payment, or mobile applications such as Zell.
If you receive a suspicious call like this, hang up and review your account by contacting Anaheim Public Utilities at 714-765-300 or checking online at myapu.anaheim.net
Criminals pose as government employees and threaten to arrest or prosecute victims unless they agree to provide funds or other payments. Usually asking for payment in pre-paid cards or money orders.
Criminals pose as a relative, usually a child or grandchild, claiming to be in immediate financial need. They claim to be stranded somewhere, or in jail, etc.
Criminals pose as interested romantic partners on social media or dating websites to capitalize on the victims' desire to find a companion.
Criminals pose as technology support representatives and offer to fix non-existent computer issues. The scammers gain remote access to victims' devices and sensitive information.
Criminals claim to work for legitimate charitable organizations to gain victims' trust. Or they claim their targets have won a lottery or sweepstake which they can collect for a "fee".
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!