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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, May 20, 2015 9B DA unveils fraud awareness community training David Hollister Plumas County District Attorney The Plumas County District Attorney's Office ispleased to announce a Fraud Awareness Community Training to combat the growing trend of financial crimes including identity theft. In the United States in 2013, one adult became the victim of a financial crime or identity theft every two seconds. This rate represents an increase of 500,000 victims since 2012. Your financial information is now the target of thieves locally and on the other side of the world. By securing information such as your name, date of birth, address, Social Security number or bank account information, those with bad intentions can drain your savings, open accounts in your name, ruin your credit and cause lasting financial harm. Despite our relatively safe and beautiful environment, Plumas County is not immune to these financial crimes. In the past year, we have obtained convictions for crimes such as mail theft, identity theft, counterfeiting and forgery, to mention a few. We've also become aware of failed attempts at identity theft. Not too long ago a relative of one of our employees at the District Attorney's Office received a call in the middle of the night from a person claiming to be a grandson who was in trouble and in immediate need of money. Fortunately, the relative had the wherewithal to ask the right questions and avoid becoming a victim. FRIUD ALERT! Tips to Help Prevent ID Theft Theft of databases has increased people's fear of computer hackers. Remember however, you are just as likely to have your identity stolen via purse snatchings, mail theft, and dumpster div- ing. To significantly reduce your risk of being a victim of identity theft: X/Wear a close-fitting pouch, instead of carrying a purse or wear your wallet in your front pocket and use a pen using forgery proof ink when writing checks. Call the DA's office at the number below and we will provide you one (as supplies allow). x/Don't carry your checkbook, extra credit cards, or Social Secu- rity card in public; don't use your Social Security number on your driver's license. x/Don't give any part of your Social Security, credit card or bank account numbers over the phone or Internet, unless you have made the contact to a company or financial institution with which you are familiar. x/Request a free copy of your credit report once a year from each of the three major credit reporting agencies at www.annualcred- itreport.com or 1-877-322-8228 (it's safe to give your Social Se- curity Number.) x/Call 1-888-567-8688 to "opt out" of credit agency marketing lists and reduce credit card solicitations or opt out online at www.optoutprescteen.com. x/Shred pre-approved Credit card offers and all financial docu- ments with a cross-cut or confetti shredder. x/Mail bills to be paid at the Post Office, not in your mail box with the red flag raised or in street corner postal receptacles. x/Have new boxes of checks sent to the bank/credit union, not your home. In Conjunction with Communities Against Senior Exploitation (CASE) and the Denver, Colorado District Attorney's Office. Here, in the DA's office, we routinely receive emails that are poorly disguised attempts to infiltrate our computer system and steal financial information that may be contained inside if we click on a link to receive a promised reward. We believe the best approach to combat these crimes is proactive rather than reactive. With our resources already stretched thin, we simply are not in a position to spend tens of thousands of dollars to investigate, identify and extradite an identity theft suspect from Aruba or Malaysia for a $500 fraudulent credit card charge. Understanding this reality, we have sought to create a FRAUD ALERT! Don't Get Caught Phishing Many Internet users are receiving E-mails requesting account information. The e-mail sender is supposedly a bank, government agency, or companies like eBay or PayPal; but in reality they are criminals. Attempts to steal your sensitive information are called "phishing," and it is very prevalent. The sender goes "fishing" for your information usually by setting up a phony website at which you are asked to supply information - account numbers, passwords, pin numbers, Social Security Numbers. If you provide that information, your accounts and other assets will be stolen. To protect yourself, simply do not open or respond to e-mails asking to submit personal data. The message might include fancy graphics, trademark symbols and an authentic-looking e- mail address, but all of that can be faked. Here are some ways to tell: The message tries to scare you by saying your account needs to be verified or updated. The message threatens negative action, such as canceling your account, if you fail to take the requested action immediately. The message asks you to click on a link to update your information or to submit information through a button. Legitimate e-mails will not contain a link, but will ask you to close the message, open the company's Internet Web site, and use your name and password to update the required information. Never click on a link! The message is addressed to "Dear Customer" instead of your name. Fraud Aens Cmmuily Tmig In Conjunction with Communities Against Senior Exploitation (CASE) and the Denver, Colorado District Attorney's Office. program to help educate the public in the hope we can prevent crimes before they happen. Fortunately, in the past few years we have received several small settlements that are restricted to use for consumer protection. With this seed money we have partnered with Communities Against Senior Exploitation and the Denver, Colorado, District Attorney's Office to bring a proven program to Plumas County in an effort to prevent financial crimes. Our program is called Fraud Awareness Community Training. FACT consists of community outreach in the following areas and is absolutely free to Plumas County residents: --Written materials to help assess and minimize your risk of being a victim of a financial crime or identity theft. --Information about your federal and state rights concerning protecting your financial information. --Resources to avoid being the victim of a financial crime or identity theft, as well as useful tools should you become a victim. --An up-to-date website including our FACT handouts, monthly fraud alerts and important contact information. --A dedicated investigator with access to governmental resources concerning financial crimes who is available to answer your questions. We have met with a number of service groups throughout the county and have meetings scheduled with other community groups, high school classes and more. If you would like this presentation presented at your civic, service, faith-based or educational group, please call the Plumas County DA's office at 283-6303 (ask for the FACT investigator) and we'll make, schedule and tailor a meeting for you and your group. We encourage all individuals, groups and organizations, no matter how large or small, to take advantage of this program. For more information, please visit plumascounty.us/ districtattorney. If you have questions or wish to schedule a FACT presentation, please contact the Plumas County District Attorney's Office at 283-6303 and ask for the FACT investigator. Dea00:lline apply for 201 5 big-game tag drawing is June 2 The California Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds hunters that the deadline to apply for the 2015 big-game drawing is June 2 and ....... applicants must complete the sales transaction before midnight that day. Applications for elk, antelope, bighorn sheep, premium deer tags and fundraising drawing tags may be submitted at any CDFW license agent, CDFW license sales office, by telephone sales or online. Proposed seasons, tag drawing application instructions arid drawing statistics can be found in the 2015 California Big Game Hunting Digest. The book is available at dfg.ca.gov/ publications/digest/. Final 2015 big-game tag quotas can be found on the respective species Web page located under the "Hunting" tab at wildlife.ca.gov. To find a nearby license agent or to purchase items online, visit ca.wildlifelicense. com/internetsales. ...... To submit drawing applications by telephone, contact the telephone sales line at 800-565-1458. Junior hunting license changes Junior hunting license applicants must now be under 18 years of age as of July I of the license year. Applicants with a junior hunting license will be eligible to apply for the apprentice hunt tags. Harvest reporting now mandatory Beginning with the 2015 deer season, all deer hunters will be required to report their deer tags to CDFW. Any person who is issued a deer tag must submit a report for the tag after the hunt, even if the hunter did not hunt or harvest a deer. Imposition of the $20 nonreporting fee has been delayed by th,e Fish and Game Commission until the 2016 season. Failure to report 2016 results will require payment of the nonreporting fee prior to purchasing tags and tag applications in 2017. Hunters have two methods to submit harvest reports: Online: Submit an online report for each deer tag issued at ca.wildlifelicense .com/internetsales. When reporting online, hunters receive instant confirmation that reports have been received and accepted. Marl: Any person who does not report deer tags online must return the report card portion of each deer tag issued to CDFW -- Wildlife Branch, P.O. Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94299-0002. 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