Scams seminar series starts Monday

scamPALMDALE – This coming Monday, March 4, the City of Palmdale’s public safety and community relations department will host the first of its free two-part presentation series designed to arm the community with the knowledge and tools to safeguard against scams and thefts as part of National Consumer Protection Week.

Monday’s workshop, “Identity Theft and Scams, Schemes and Cons,” will demonstrate how identity theft occurs, how to minimize individual risk and what to do if one becomes a victim of identity theft.  Additional information will cover the many different types of scams out there, how to identify them and how to avoid them.

The second workshop, “Phishing and Pharming,” will be held on Tuesday, March 12 and will discuss how crooks use computers to steal personal information and how to protect your computer.

Both workshops are free and open to the public and will be held in the Palmdale City Council Chamber at 38300 Sierra Highway, Suite B beginning at 7 p.m. 

“Some examples of scams that should send up a ‘red flag’ if you hear them include phrases like, ‘Congratulations to our lucky winner!’ or  “How would you like to earn some extra income?” said Palmdale Crime Prevention Officer Ruth Oschmann. “These workshops will give residents the information they need to protect themselves against these ruthless scammers.”

For more information, call the public safety office at 661-267-5170.