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Posted on: February 23, 2021

Don't Get Scammed!


Common Scams

COVID-19 Scam:

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).

Utilities Scam:

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

Government Impersonation Scam:

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.

Grandparent Scam:

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. 

Romance Scam:

Criminals pose as interested romantic partners on social media or dating websites to capitalize on the victims' desire to find a companion.

Tech Support Scam:

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.

Sweepstakes / Charity / Lottery Scam:

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!

How to Protect Yourself

  • Recognize scam attempts. Scammers create a sense of urgency to produce fear and lure victims into immediate action. Resist the pressure to act immediately.
  • Immediately end all communication with the perpetrator.
  • Never give or send any personally identifiable information, money, jewelry, gift cards, checks, or wire information to unverified people or businesses.
  • Make sure all computer anti-virus and security software and malware protections are up to date. Use reputable anti-virus software and firewalls.
  • Never open an email attachment from someone you don't know, and be wary of email attachments forwarded to you.
  • Disconnect from the internet and shut down your device if you see a pop-up message or locked screen. Pop-ups are regularly used by perpetrators to spread malicious software. Do not call the number on the pop-up. Contact tech support directly.
  • Take precautions to protect your identity if a criminal gains access to your device or account.  Immediately contact your financial institutions to place protections on your accounts, and monitor your accounts and personal information for suspicious activity.

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