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  • 040714-kfsn-fake-receipt-theft-vid
  • Police say a woman is in jail for using fake receipts to rip off Walmart stores across at least three Valley counties.
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theft, scams, crimetracker, walmart, fresno, fresno county, visalia, tulare county, kings county, local, rick montanez
  • Scammers nearly took a Merced woman for big cash
  • Scammers nearly took a Merced woman for big cash. But fortunately she realized it was a trick.
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scams, merced, merced county, consumer, anthony pura
  • 140306_KFSN_4PM_BewareOfTaxScams
  • As accountants gear up for tax season, so do the scam artists. Consumer Reports' tax experts tell you how to avoid scams.
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taxes, scams, internal revenue service, consumer, christine park
  • Thief targeting elderly in Madera County
  • A North Valley community is on edge after a thief targeted an elderly couple.
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crimetracker, theft, scams, madera county, madera, local, mariana jacob
  • 140224_KFSN_11PM_GoogleVoiceScam
  • Scammers are turning to local phone numbers as they try to steal your money. A quick call almost cost one woman $1,000.
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scams, coarsegold, madera county, madera county sheriff department, local, rick montanez
  • Safe from Scams: Trip of a lifetime
  • It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, but instead, dozens of people lost close to a half-million dollars.
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safe from scams, scams, consumer, jason oliveira
  • Postmaster helps prevent more victims of sweepstakes scam
  • A postmaster stepped in to help prevent more people from falling victim to a sweepstakes scam.
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safe from scams, scams, consumer, jason oliveira
  • Better Business Bureau warns cell phone users of new scam
  • It happens all the time. You get a call on your cell phone from a number you don't recognize.
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scams, consumer, linda mumma
  • Squatting gone wrong?: AG charges 5 in housing scheme
  • Action News talked to two families among the many to find out their landlord may have illegally taken the property using an obscure law from medieval times.
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crimetracker, scams, fresno, fresno county, clovis, porterville, tulare, tulare county, raymond, local, corin hoggard
  • Dozens of people learned a hard lesson about scams after investing money with some friends.
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safe from scams, scams, consumer, jason oliveira
  • Merced County District Attorney Warns of IRS Phone Scam
  • A group of sophisticated thieves are now using some crucial personal information to con people out of tens of thousands of dollars.
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crimetracker, scams, merced county, merced, consumer, mariana jacob
  • SafeFromScams
  • Tens of thousands of people have fallen for an often easy to spot scam.
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scams, safe from scams, consumer, jason oliveira
  • In the phone book? Scam could target you
  • A holiday season scam is spreading all over the Valley, and all it takes to become a target is the right name in the phone book.
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scams, consumer, corin hoggard
  • Hotel Phone Scam
  • If you're checking into a local hotel, be careful of scammers who are preying on unsuspecting guests. Experts say they often target their victims during the holiday season.
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crimetracker, scams, consumer, mariana jacob
  • Phone scammers targeting small Fresno businesses
  • The Fresno Police Department has received reports of three phone scam related cases in the past week. The victims claim they received phone calls from fake PG&E employees.
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crimetracker, scams, fresno, fresno county, consumer, anthony pura
  • A con artist attracted a large number of victims who dreamed of making a killing at the race track.
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scams, consumer, jason oliveira
  • Burglars pretending to be PG&E workers in Fresno County
  • Fresno County Deputies say there's a group of burglars knocking on doors and pretending to be PG&E workers.
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crimetracker, pg&e, scams, fresno, fresno county, local, anthony pura
  • Forty-two elderly victims taken in home repair scam
  • Katherine Gay says she was tricked into a scam that has cost her the only home she has ever known.
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scams, consumer, jason oliveira
  • Scammers posing as law enforcement in Madera County
  • Police say scammers are targeting seniors and posing as law enforcement officials to steal thousands of dollars.
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crimetracker, madera county, madera, scams, consumer, mariana jacob
  • Class action suit claims fraud by Fresno foreclosure firm
  • A new class action lawsuit claims hundreds of homeowners in the Valley are falling victim to a company's foreclosure fraud.
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scams, foreclosure, fresno, fresno county, consumer, rick montanez
  • Cold call scammers target Valley computer users
  • Consumer advocates say phone operators are pushing their victims to give remote access to their home computers.
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scams, consumer, rick montanez
  • Investigators say a new scam circulating throughout the Valley and nation is targeting the unemployed.
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scams, fresno, fresno county, consumer, stephanie stone
  • An offer for free travel has lured dozens of people in the Valley to a sales pitch connected to companies under criminal investigation in at least two states.
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fresno, fresno northeast, scams, local, corin hoggard
  • Some advice now in the event you receive a check for a large amount in the mail from someone you do not know.
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fresno, fresno county, scams, business, jason oliveira
  • Dozens could have lost all the money in their bank accounts in a technologically-advanced case of identity theft.
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crimetracker, scams, fresno, fresno county, consumer, corin hoggard
  • A Valley woman admits she sold cheap counterfeit cosmetics to unsuspecting customers.
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crimetracker, scams, local, mariana jacob
  • Tonya Collins was sentenced to 5 years in prison for defrauding clients through her Modesto-based agency.
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crimetracker, scams, modesto, local, carlos saucedo
  • The owner of a Modesto surrogate agency accused of a $2 million fraud scheme was sentenced in federal court Monday morning.
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crimetracker, scams, modesto, local, carlos saucedo
  • Authorities say to just say no if a con artist tries to convince you to pay a fee on winning a foreign lottery.
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safe from scams, scams, consumer, jason oliveira
  • It is luxury eyewear at a fraction of the cost; that is what the ads promised but what did customers actually get?
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safe from scams, scams, consumer, jason oliveira
  • Thieves in the Central Valley are posing as salesmen and targeting unsuspecting people over the phone. They're now posing as workers for a major cable service provider.
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scams, theft, consumer, mariana jacob
  • Tonya Collins, 37, appeared in Federal Court in Downtown Fresno and pleaded guilty to four counts of wire fraud.
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crimetracker, scams, modesto, fresno, fresno county, local, carlos saucedo
  • Usually identity theft involves someone racking up charges on stolen credit cards, but in one particular case, the suspect purchased thousands of dollars-worth of cosmetic surgery.
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safe from scams, scams, consumer, jason oliveira
  • Scammers didn't wait long to take advantage of people wanting to help those affected by the Boston Marathon explosions.
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scams, consumer, amanda venegas
  • Win a $500 gas card by paying just $79.99. Sounds like a scam. And it is.
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safe from scams, scams, consumer, jason oliveira
  • Preparing for a funeral is usually the last thing people want to think about. But it can also be an opportunity for thieves.
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safe from scams, scams, consumer, jason oliveira
  • Any time you share your personal information, there's a chance you could become a victim of identity theft.
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safe from scams, scams, consumer, jason oliveira
  • Authorities in the North Valley are warning merchants to beware of credit card fraud costing retailers thousands of dollars.
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scams, madera county, madera, consumer, carlos saucedo
  • Scammers are preying on tax filers -- stealing their identities and refunds. Last year alone, the IRS stopped more than $20-billion dollars in fraudulent refunds.
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taxes, scams, consumer, amanda venegas
  • If you think you're too smart to fall victim to con-artists, this next story might just change your mind.
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crimetracker, scams, consumer, jason oliveira
  • Surveillance pictures show Andrew Myers in the grocery store with his young son.
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safe from scams, scams, consumer, jason oliveira
  • The IRS is stepping up its efforts to protect tax payers against identity theft during the busy tax season.
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taxes, scams, consumer, gaby rodriguez
  • With Americans sending billions of messages a month, scam artists are targeting your personal mobile phones.
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scams, technology news, amanda venegas
  • The Internet is full of holiday bargains, as well as bogus offers.
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holiday, scams, consumer, dale yurong
  • The government is cracking down on food stamp recipients who are illegally selling their cards on eBay and Craigslist for cash.
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scams, ebay, national/world
  • The FBI is investigating a scam targeting Spanish speakers in the Valley.
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fresno, fresno county, scams, local
  • The Madera County Sheriff reports thousands of dollars and dozens of identities have been stolen by card skimmers at a North Valley gas station.
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crimetracker, scams, madera ranchos, madera, madera county, local, rick montanez
  • An Action News investigation leads to one of 17 suspects in what prosecutors call a scam to steal taxpayer's money.
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crimetracker, scams, fresno, fresno county, local, corin hoggard
  • Computer scammers strike again, and they're targeting people here in the Valley.
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scams, local, rick montanez
  • Experts have issued a warning to undocumented youth looking to apply for the Deferred Action immigration program.
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immigration, scams, crimetracker, national/world, dale yurong