Advice Alert Condition

Our center is here to provide you with helpful information regarding scams or any area alerts that arise.

 RED = Alert, important.  YELLOW = Concerned, stay tuned.  GREEN = No concerns.

Current Condition = YELLOW

December 27th 2017:  There is a yellow alert for the following: Refunds for California Victims of Wire Fraud Scams

PEOPLE v. WESTERN UNION (Case No. CGC-17-558132, San Francisco Superior Court) On April 12, 2017, Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced a settlement with the Western Union Company. Under the terms of the settlement and a related federal lawsuit, Californians who sent payments to scam artists using Western Union’s wire transfer service may be entitled to full or partial refunds. Eligibility: If you believe you were tricked into wiring money using Western Union’s money transfer service between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, you may be eligible for a full or partial refund. Deadline to claim is Feb. 2018. For more information please go to http://www. westernunionremission.com/.

The Western Union remission plan is part of an interlocking set of state and federal settlements with the company. Information is posted at https://oag.ca.gov/consumers/ wire-fraud-refunds and https://oag.ca.gov/news/press- releases/attorney-general- xavier-becerra-announces- settlement-western-union-wire- fraud.

February 10th 2017:  There is a yellow alert for the following: A Phone Text Message Scam is going around

There was a phone message from BofA (Bank of Amerca) asking for clarification of our "profile". With a phone number to call. And a different number if we think the message to us is in error. Do we have an acct. with them? I just checked my credit cards and I see that the Working Assets is B of A. Since you're more likely to have the info they want, I'll let you call them unless you want me to. 1-877-526-8680. For errors, 1-877-551-0127.Neither number matched the customer service number on the back of my VISA card. So i called the number on the back of my card, went through the usual security questions with pleasant woman in Utica New York and she searched the B of A phone and "transfer tree" and could not find either number. We agree that it might be a scam and that i should not call either number back. She also checked my account and could find no evidence of any alerts or possible fraudulent activity. So i had my husband delete the message. Spread the word - the twist of offering a number to call if you think the message might be "in error" is a new one.