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Consumer Alerts


February 19, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Health and Human Services Grant Scam

We have received reports that individuals have been contacted by an individual representing that he is an officer with Health & Human Services that they have received a grant from Health & Human Services and they must first pay a fee with a gift card to receive the grant. This is a scam. Read full story


February 08, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Pay Pal Scam

We have received a recent complaint that an individual who was attempting to sell an item on Craig’s List received a fraudulent email purporting to come from Pay Pal advising them that a payment had been received and to send money for shipping costs in order to receive payment for the item they were attempting to sell. Read full story


February 08, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Back Brace Scam

A local hospital has reported that several ofits patients have received calls advising them that a back brace that has beenordered for them and asking for the patient for their Medicare information forpayment when no such device was ordered for the patient. Read full story


February 08, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Student Loan Debt Relief Scam

The Federal Trade Commission has charged astudent loan debt relief organization with bilking more than $28 million fromthousands of consumers by falsely promising that consumer’s monthly paymentswould go towards paying off their student loans. Read full story


January 03, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Fraudulent Debris Removal Bills

Fraudulent bills for firedebris removal have been reported by property owners in Mendocino County whoare participating in the state-sponsored fire debris removal program. Read full story


December 04, 2017 | Office of the District Attorney

If You Have Been The Victim Of a Scam That Used Western UnionYou Can File A Claim to Recover Payment

The Federal Trade Commission and the U.S.Department of Justice have reached a settlement agreement with Western Union topay $586 Million dollars to victims of scams that used Western Union to wiremoney. Many of these scams involved people posing as family members in need ofmoney or requesting money to claim a prize. Read full story


November 08, 2017 | Office of the District Attorney

Price Gouging Protections Extended By Governor To April 18, 2018

The Governor issued an Executive Order whichextends the protections against price gouging under Penal Code Section 396 asdiscussed below through April 18, 2018. Read full story


November 08, 2017 | Office of the District Attorney

Fraudulent FEMA Inspections and False FEMA Claims

Sonoma County and Napa have receivedcomplaints of persons identifying themselves as “FEMA inspectors” coming toresident’s homes and asking for personal information. Reports have also beenreceived that false FEMA claims have been filed using resident’s personalinformation such as social security numbers and when the resident attempts tofile for aid they are advised an application has already been filed under theirname. Read full story


October 23, 2017 | Office of the District Attorney

Wildfire Disaster - Price Gouging and Disaster Scams

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of our community members who have been impacted by the wildfires. Unfortunately, this is a time when scam artists and unscrupulous people may try to take advantage of victims and the generosity of the community. Read full story