Tips on Guarding against Con Artist Frauds – From SMPD Detective Shannon Hagan

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 Financial Institutions – www.dfi.ca.gov or www.fdic.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 shagan@cityofsanmateo.org

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