News Story

 

Thousand Oaks - Scam Hotline Launched
3/22/2017 5:28:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Police Department Launches Scam Hotline to Educate Community

Location:

City of Thousand Oaks

Date & Time:

Ongoing

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police Department Investigations ' Forgery/Fraud Unit

Narrative:

The Thousand Oaks Police Department is launching a scam hotline for its citizens. The hotline

telephone number (805) 371-8327 will provide information on various current types of scams

(telephone, mail, email, text message, etc.) and provide callers the opportunity to leave

information on scams they may have been exposed to. The phone line is a recorded

informational message available 24 hours a day.

Scams are climbing at an alarming rate, not only in our community, but communities

nationwide. The Thousand Oaks Police Department is dedicated to educating the community

on current scams and ways to avoid falling victim to them. We have found by educating the

community and providing essential information about current scams, the monetary loss from

victims of scams is avoided.

The scam hotline is not for reporting crimes. If you are a victim of a scam that has resulted in

a financial loss, please call Ventura County Sheriff's Office dispatch at (805) 654-9511 to have

an officer take a report.

Every year, thousands of people lose money to scams from a few hundred dollars to theirhttps://www.bbb.org/. To file an internet crime complaint withwww.ic3.gov

whole life savings. In 2016, the Better Business Bureau reported that approximately 40,000

scams were reported, this does not account for the numerous scams not being reported or the

monetary losses, which are in the billions of dollars.

For additional information on current scams contact the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov

or the Better Business Bureau at

the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at

Prepared by:

Detective Timothy Lohman

Release Date:

March 22, 2017

Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Timothy Lohman ' (805) 947-8255

Tim.lohman@ventura.org

Approved by:

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Captain Don Aguilar