Assemblyman Teaches Locals to Avoid Scams

Speaking before an audience at Crowell Public Library, Stacia Crane recounted that authorities once apprehended someone who had used about 600 Social Security numbers for a variety of fraudulent crimes.

Crane, a public information officer for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, then asked the audience where they supposed the thief obtained the numbers. Many assumed it was through mail theft or internet phishing. Crane corrected them.

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Assemblyman Ed Chau (left) and San Marino Police Department Detective Brian Wong chat at Crowell Public Library during a question-and-answer session at Chau’s workshop on fighting scams and identity theft.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Assemblyman Ed Chau (left) and San Marino Police Department Detective Brian Wong chat at Crowell Public Library during a question-and-answer session at Chau’s workshop on fighting scams and identity theft.

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LCF Optometrist Sees Through Scam Attempt

Scammers attempted to coerce a La Cañada Flintridge optometrist’s office into sending money their way this week.
Different callers rang La Cañada Eye Care on Tuesday and claimed falsely to be Southern California Edison, stating that the business was delinquent in paying its electric bill and that the power would be cut off shortly.
“They did it with a certain amount of force, with pressure, with a timed [deadline],” said Dr. Tony Chahine. “And, oh, the irony of it all.”
Chahine’s office is solar powered.

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