The San Mateo Police Department reminds the public to always verify the license status of a business through the State of California Secretary of State’s website, http://www.sos.ca.gov.
The public can verify the status of an accounting license through the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ California Board of Accounting located at http://www.dca.ca.gov/cba/lookup.shtml.
The public can verify the status of attorney http://www.calbar.ca.gov .
To check out a prospective contractor, check the CA State Licensing Board website: http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Consumers/HireAContractor/
Here is a list of other internet resources to verify the validity of someone or a business before giving them your hard earned money:
Better Business Bureau – www.bbb.org
California Department of Corporations – www.corp.ca.gov
California Department of Insurance – www.insurance.ca.gov
California Office of Privacy Protection – www.privacy.ca.gov
California Department of Real Estate – www.dre.ca.gov
Cemetery and Funeral Bureau – www.cfb.ca.gov
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission – www.sec.gov/investor/seniors.shtml
Federal Trade Commission – www.ftc.gov
Senior Legal Hotline – (916) 551-2140 or (800) 222-1753 – http://slh.lsnc.net
You may file a complaint with any of the above government entities if you feel someone or a business does not have a license in the State of California.
Anyone with information on current investigations or ongoing crime trends is encouraged to contact the San Mateo Police Department:
SMPD Investigations Bureau: 650-522-7650
SMPD Secret Witness hotline: 650-522-7676
Anonymous Text to SMPD: 650-262-3473
Detective Shannon Hagan can be reached at SMPD: 650-522-7661 or email@example.com