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  • Santa Maria couple almost become victims of door-to-door scam

    February 10, 2012 8:59 PM

    A Santa Maria couple feels very fortunate tonight, after they almost became victims of a door-to-door scam, and you may be target of a similar scam. It's been happening a lot here on the Central Coast. According to San Luis Obispo Police, solicitor scams happen fairly often. The... more »
  • Orcutt man claims to be victim of Wells Fargo foreclosure scam

    March 4, 2011 4:08 PM

    The Orcutt man frustrated by his loan modification process with Wells Fargo is considering filing a lawsuit against the bank. He says when he applied for a loan modification, the company stuck him with thousands of dollars in fees, ultimately forcing him into foreclosure. At the end of 2010,... more »
  • Local marketing scam targets day spas

    July 22, 2010 2:03 PM

    The Santa Maria Police Department is warning residents to watch out for a local marketing scam in Santa Maria and Orcutt. Victims report being approached by sales peeople who use high pressure sales tactics and printed fliers to encouage them to purchase "Spa Packages" at local area day spas. Officers... more »
  • Green website allegedly scamming local businesses

    April 28, 2010 1:30 PM

    Several businesses in San Luis Obispo have reported being targeted by telemarketers through the website Employers say the website adds businesses to a "green" business directory without their permission and charges about $50 per month to their phone bill. The Better Business Bureau has received complaints about the site... more »
  • Fake fire inspectors scamming local businesses

    April 2, 2010 12:51 PM

    Local businesses beware. We have a scam to tell you about involving fake fire inspectors. The scammers are mainly targeting businesses in Santa Maria. Authorities say scammers are entering businesses, claiming to be city fire inspectors. Ten to fifteen businesses have already reported being duped in the scam. Santa... more »
  • Orcutt woman wants to warn other seniors about a scam

    February 25, 2010 8:10 PM

    A local senior citizen almost fell victim to a scam and now she's sharing her story in hopes of warning others. It all started when the victim received a phone call on Tuesday. The caller told her someone had taken money out of her MasterCard and suspected an employee was... more »
  • Santa Maria police alert seniors after woman nearly loses $4,000 in scam

    February 25, 2010 12:58 PM

    Santa Maria police are warning senior citizens about a scam. They say an 86-year-old resident of the Santa Maria Valley received a telephone call at her home from a man who claimed to be employed by the Bank of America fraud department on Tuesday. The caller told the woman he... more »

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