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Local district attorney warns of scam letter, phone calls

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Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley is warning people of an elaborate scam involving her name.

The scam reportedly uses multiple steps to gain people's trust before stealing from them.

Dudley says the scam begins with a phone call from someone claiming to be from Publisher's Clearing House. The caller says the recipient has won a prize and must send a check for $350.

Then another call comes from someone claiming to be from the Capital One Fraud Department. That person claims to be investigating fraudulent activity on a Chase account.

After that, Dudley says, comes a fake Department of Justice letter about "Cyber Crime in California." The letter has a seal that looks legit but is actually fake. The letter says there has been an unusual bank transaction and the FBI needs "full cooperation and Strictest Confidence" to investigate. It also promises $30,000 for helping the FBI.

The letter is signed with the name J. Scott Dudley. Underneath the signature, it says, "Signed: Santa Barbara District Attorney Joyce Scott Dudley," but the district attorney's real name is Joyce E. Dudley.

The real Dudley says this entire sequence is a scam and she has signed no such letter.

If you get this letter, report it to the FBI here.

For more information about the scams circulating here on the Central Coast, visit KSBY's Scam Central page.

To read more about how we're working to keep you, your family and your personal information safe and secure, visit KSBY's Safe & Secure page.

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