Tag Archives: Scams

Phone scammers have all kinds of tricks to scare, panic, bamboozle and rob you – here’s what to watch out for

Phone scammers have all kinds of tricks to scare, panic, bamboozle and rob you – here’s what to watch out for

As part of this scam, the scammer claims they are from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, or another law enforcement entity, and may use several different names, including the names of current and former HCSO employees, such as Lt. Kevin Miller, Investigator Scott Hicks or Lt. Steve Knight. 

How a dark money, grassroots greenwash badly backfired on Arcata

This column is a giant exercise in “we told you so,” and pulls no punches. So if that sort of thing doesn’t appeal to you, avert your eyes.  The people of Arcata – and most specifically and sadly, the residents of the Westwood neighborhood – have been thoroughly bamboozled. Led by the nose into supporting

Arcata Police Log: Herd of panda-penguins with frickin’ laser beams swarms Plaza – no, really

• Friday, July 21 1:33 a.m. A J Street resident saw three men walk past his house, then heard some noise. He went out to find a knife in his yard and some glass broken in his neighbor’s shed. 6:47 a.m. A man walking northbound and 18th and H streets argued loudly with himself, and

Crime briefs, Jan. 18, 2017 edition

‘Suspicious’ fire claims mobile home Arcata Fire District McKINLEYVILLE – On the evening of Jan 8, around 8:22 p.m., Arcata Fire District was called to the 1700 block of Grange Road in McKinleyville for a reported structure fire. Upon the arrival of Engine 8217 and Battalion Chief Sean Campbell, crews found a well-involved doublewide mobile

Charlatan Alert: Flimflammers Target Noodle House

Jack Durham Mad River Union ARCATA – It was a typical Wednesday night at Japhy’s Soup and Noodles Restaurant. Customers were seated and more were coming in as the staff prepared for dinner service. Then, the phone rang, and the G Street establishment received some disturbing news – its power was going to  be shut

Beware The Bad Energy Salesman

Kevin L. Hoover Mad River Union ARCATA – When the Vista Energy Marketing, L.P. salesman at your door asks you to show him your PG&E bill, you might think twice about that. The Arcata Police Department and Better Business Bureau already have. “A guy knocked on my door from ‘Vista Energy’ saying we qualify for