I love this time of year. The lights at the City and County Building certainly put me in the holiday spirit.  
This month, we are sending along our yearly “12 Days of Holiday Scams” list. While many of us take vacations, fraudsters never do. As a matter of fact, there is often an uptick of scams during this time of year. These scams never seem to fade away. 
A few more end-of-the-year tips and to-dos:  

  1. Change all your passwords.
  2. If you you haven’t done so already, go to annualcreditreport.com** to get all three of your credit reports before the end of the year.  Getting these reports is a great way to see if there has been any unusual activity on your accounts. Don’t forget to check your children’s credit report.  Children 18 years and younger are the fastest growing cohort of people who are getting their identity stolen.  For an additional level of security, you may want to consider freezing your children’s accounts until they turn 18.  ** annualcreditreport.com is the official free credit report company.  Don’t use any other site than this.
  3. Just in time for holiday travel, this scam warning just came across my desk regarding “FREE WiFi” at airports
    And finally, I continue to feel most fortunate to be your District Attorney. On behalf of the more than 200 people in our office, we wish you all a very safe and happy holiday season. 

~ BETH ~


12 Fake Emails

11 Sweetheart Scams

10 Kidnapping Scams

9 ATM Skimmers

8 Dummy Gift Cards

7 Hoax Shipping Notifications

6 Computer Virus

5 Facebook Gift Exchange Hoaxes

4 Porch Package Pirates

3 Online Shopping Mishaps

2 Phony Charities

1 Fake App