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Fraud Prevention Tips

Post Date:10/30/2018

The Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) has received reports from residents about scams occurring throughout our community, with a particular focus on the elderly. RCPD wants to offer residents scam prevention and reporting tips. 

Fraud Prevention Tips

  • Never give telemarketers or strangers your credit card number, bank account number or Social Security number, and never authorize bank drafts. No one should be asking for this information from you unsolicited.
  • Don’t fall for the “grandparents scam.” Scammers will call you and pretend to either be, or know, your grandchild. They will request that you send money either through wire transfer or gift cards to post bail to get them out of a legal situation. If you receive this call, consult other family members before sending any money or committing to any further course of action.
  • Never pay for a service using gift cards that are not related to the business or transaction being conducted. Once you have provided the gift card number and PIN, your money is gone. Anyone who demands payment via a gift card is a scammer, always.
  • If someone requests money from you in the name of a charity, listen carefully to the name of the charity requesting money. Fraudulent charities often use names that sound similar to a reputable, well-known organization, such as the "American Cancer Association" instead of the American Cancer Society.
  • Ask for a financial report before you donate. A reputable charity will always send you one.
  • Investigate before you invest. Never make an investment with a stranger over the phone. Beware of promises that include the terms "get rich quick" or "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
  • If you feel like someone is trying to scam you by phone, your best protection is to just hang up. You can also tell these callers politely that you are not interested, don't want to waste their time, and please don't call back.

Report a Scam

RCPD is asking residents to report any and all criminal activity. If you are a victim of a scam, please report it in the following ways:

  • If a subject is at your home and you feel they are trying to scam you, call 9-1-1.
  • If you feel you have been scammed, make a report by calling our non-emergency line at 916-362-5115 or online at
  • Please also report the scam to the appropriate agency or company that someone is claiming they are from, such as the IRS, PG&E, etc.

By working together, we can continue to make Rancho Cordova a safe place for all!

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