News Story


Countywide - Residents Warned About Fire Recovery Scam
12/28/2017 10:00:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Fire Victims Scam Alert



Date & Time:

December 28, 2017

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff's Office


Thomas Fire victims may be targeted by unscrupulous opportunists as they attempt to rebuild.

The Thomas Fire drew both national and international attention because of the tragic loss of life and the magnitude of the property damage. The fire damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes throughout several communities in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

As the threat of fire subsides, the move toward recovery and rebuilding becomes the focus of local government as well as those who suffered a loss to their property. During this phase we want to warn residents of scammers that might target them. Some companies use legitimate looking websites, such as, with a misleading list of endorsements including the Red Cross, Cal Fire, and FEMA to gain the public's trust. We urge residents to properly vet contractors or any other venders they are considering hiring, including demanding written support by groups they profess are behind them.

Local residents can get information about resources through We urge residents to use licensed and insured contractors. A contractor's license status can be checked through the California Department of Consumer Affairs Contractors State License Board (CSLB). More information about CSLB can be found at

Prepared by:

Captain Garo Kuredjian

News Release Date:


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Captain Garo Kuredjian, 805-797-6322

Approved by:

Sheriff Geoff Dean