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DA Salazar warns about the growing number of scams

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DA Salazar warns about the growing number of scams


Tax season usually brings out the scammers.

San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar brought that to the attention to the Manteca Federated Women’s Club at Wednesday.

“When the phone rings and you don’t recognize the number, do no answer,” said the guest speaker to members of the local service organization at the monthly session at Mountain Mike’s Pizza.

There’s a good reason for that.

Simply picking up the unfamiliar call is enough time for scam artists to download important information off of a phone, including telephone contacts, according to Verber Salazar.

She’s the first woman in San Joaquin County elected D.A., taking the office as the top prosecuting attorney in 2015.

Despite that, Verber Salazar isn’t immune to scammers.

“Everyone of us is a victim,” she said.

The elderly will get hit by this type of fraud. “They’re too trusting – the perception is that they have a lot of money,” said Verber Salazar.

She pointed out that personal and sensitive information are easily attainable online via social media or using Google – Women’s Club President Marlene Moses, for one, was surprised of the speediness of that process.

There’s plenty of scam alerts, according to Verber Salazar, who was joined by her legal assistant Jamie Jaime.

Included are government imposters posing as the IRS, Social Security or Medicare – they’ll often use scare tactics (IRS matters, for example, are usually be conducted by mail, and with it…

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