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Don’t be too quick to click: several Internet-related scams are making local rounds

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 12, 2014 —

The office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig wants the public to be aware of a couple of scams currently making the rounds.

In one ripoff, consumers receive a computer-generated phone call telling them they have won $100 off of their AT&T phone bill. The phone call instructs them to log onto the website www.iliveatt.com, which looks legitimate but is only a “convincing fake,” reports Dave Edwards of the D.A.’s office.

The site tries to steal personal information to use for fraud.

Also reported locally is an email message that purports to be a “foreclosure notice.”

The email sounds official, and tells you that you are being foreclosed and evicted from your home. You are asked to respond immediately by clicking on a link.

The message “is designed to scare you into responding quickly, while you are upset and not thinking clearly,” reports Derek Soriano of the D.A.’s office. “Cybercriminals are trying to get you to open attachments which may contain computer viruses, or provide them with a credit card number. You can be sure this is a scam designed to steal your money and possibly your identity. If you receive an unexpected or unsolicited email like this and you are not sure if it is legitimate, you should contact your bank and/or realtor to ask them about it before you respond.”

Edwards offered these tips:

— Beware if a message offers something that seems too good to be true.

— Watch out if the message threatens negative action, such as canceling your account, if you fail to act immediately.

— Be suspicious if a message asks you to click on a link to update or submit your information.

— Don’t respond to or open attachments, or click on links, in unsolicited emails.

  EDITOR’S NOTE: At the News-Ledger office, we have seen the “foreclosure notice” email scam mentioned above by the D.A.’s office. We have also received a fake “Notice to Appear in Court,” claiming to notify the recipient that he or she is due in court, and attempting to get the recipient to click on a link for more details. Clicking on the link would no doubt lead to trouble.

 

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West Sac man dies in Yolo County jail

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE – March 20, 2014 –

A West Sacramento man died in jail custody yesterday, apparently of suicide.

Captain Larry Cecchetini of the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department said 33-year old inmate Nitesh Raj Singh had been in custody at the Woodland facility since March 6 on domestic violence charges. Singh was found in distress at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“Singh was housed in a single cell at the time of the incident,” reported Cecchetini. “The inmate was observed by correctional staff only 25 minutes earlier and he appeared well and was not displaying any signs of distress.”

Later, he said, “a correctional officer was conducting routine cell checks when he found an inmate apparently trying to commit suicide. The officer called for assistance and entered the cell, where he observed the inmate with a sheet wrapped around his neck and the other end tied to a light fixture in the cell. Correctional and medical staff at the jail immediately began CPR and called for fire department and ambulance to respond. The inmate was transported to Woodland Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead later in the afternoon.”

The sheriff’s department and its coroner’s office are investigating.

Singh’s next of kin were notified of the death last night, said Cecchetini.

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‘Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Center’ in Yolo County changes its name

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 19, 2014 —

The “Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center” in Yolo County has changed its name to “Empower Yolo,” a spokesperson reports.

“This change is intended to more effectively encompass our philosophy of service, comprehensive programs and geographical reach of services offered by our agency – with an emphasis on the less-recognized, unincorporated areas of Yolo County,” said Diana Stantz, director of community relations. “While the name of the agency has changed, our philosophy and services have not.”

Empower Yolo is a nonprofit dedicated to the intervention, prevention, and elimination of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking and child abuse in Yolo County, she added.

For more information on Empower Yolo, visit  www.empoweryolo.org.

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Cockfighting conviction in northern Yolo

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 26, 2014 —

A Dunnigan man was sentenced to 20 days in county jail and three years probation for operating a cockfighting operation on his property. That sentence was passed down last week for 63-year old Lorenzo Pena Ponce, who was found guilty by a jury last month for permitting cockfighting on his premises, owning game birds with intent to fight, and possession of gaffs – the knives or blades attached to the legs of fighting roosters.

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig’s office said the charges resulted from a sheriff’s department visit to the northern Yolo County property in February of 2013. Responding deputies found what they estimated to be 70 people enjoying the “blood sport.”

“After dozens of participants ran away, deputies located a barn containing a fighting pit where roosters continued to fight,” reports the D.A.’s office. “The Sheriff’s Animal Control Division arrived shortly afterwards to assist. Many of the roosters found on scene were dead or had to be euthanized due to the inhumane treatment. Deputies also found gambling paraphernalia, gaffs, and vitamin B  shots. . . There were nearly 90 roosters being raised on the premises for cockfighting.”

Ponce was also convicted of cockfighting crimes on his property after a 2005 incident.

The District Attorney’s Office is demanding $106,235 from Ponce for costs to the County for impoundment, care, and euthanasia of the birds taken from his property.  Ponce contested that amount at sentencing, and a restitution hearing is scheduled before Judge Maguire on April 11.

In a press statement, District Attorney Reisig denounced the “sport” of cockfighting:

“Along with inhumane treatment of the birds, cockfighting often involves illegal wagering of thousands of dollars, firearms and other weapons,” said Reisig.  “Cockfighting is not a sport.  It’s a crime.”

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