News Story


Fire Victims Scam Alert
12/28/2017 3:30:00 PM


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 of unscrupulous opportunist 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 with a misleading list of endorsements including the Red Cross, Cal Fire, and FEMA to gain the public's trust.  One such website is  We urge residents to properly vet contractors or any other venders they are considering hiring, including demanding written support by groups that profess are behind them.


Local residents can get information about resources through  We urge residence 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