Fake District Attorney Scam Letter Hits Santa Barbara

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Fake District Attorney Scam Letter Hits Santa Barbara
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Source: District Attorney of Santa Barbara County

SCAM WARNING: Circulation of Scam Letter Purporting to be from Department of Justice and District Attorney Joyce Scott Dudley or J. Scott Dudley

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley is warning the public about a scam letter circulating in our community. It is signed with the name J. Scott Dudley. Underneath the signature block are the words, “Signed: Santa Barbara District Attorney Joyce Scott Dudley”.

The scam begins with a telephone call from someone purporting to be from Publisher’s Clearing House stating that the recipient has won a prize. In order to claim the prize, the targeted victim must send a check for $350. This telephone call is followed by another call from someone claiming to be from the Capital One Fraud Department, who is supposedly investigating fraudulent activity on the victim’s Chase account.

This call is followed by the fake letter. The letter purports to be from the Department of Justice and has an official-looking but fake seal next to the heading, “Department of Justice”. The topic of the letter is “Cyber Crime in California”. The letter begins by alerting the recipient about an unusual transaction on their bank account. The letter goes on to state that the FBI is requesting the recipient’s “full cooperation and Strictest Confidence” while the investigation is continuing. The recipient is promised compensation of $30,000 for their support. This multi-layered scam is undoubtedly designed to gain the victim’s trust, so that under the auspices of the “FBI” the victim will part with some money. Be advised that this entire sequence is a scam. The letter was not sent by the Department of Justice, nor was it signed by Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley.

Any person receiving this letter should report it immediately to the FBI at www.ic3.gov.

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a-1521269193 Feb 21, 2018 11:34 AM
Fake District Attorney Scam Letter Hits Santa Barbara

Whenever you get a phone call or email about owing money to anyone, whether it is a company/business/person you work with or not, CALL THEM BACK regardless of their protests "don't hang up!". By that I mean look up the number to the company yourself, do not use whatever phone number they called from or tell you to call. If it is legit, there should be no problem with you calling them back on an official number. If it is not legit, you will find out when you call the actual company.

a-1521269193 Feb 21, 2018 11:31 AM
Fake District Attorney Scam Letter Hits Santa Barbara

This one sounds absurd to me. Creative, but in the nonsensical way. Publisher's Clearing House --> Capital One investigating Chase fraud (we're up to 3 non-connected companies so far) --> DOJ --> FBI -->Local DA...how ridiculous. Anyhow, glad they are getting the word out, because there are definitely people who will _still_ fall for it.

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