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Sheriff’s Deputies Warn Of Scams

A pair of reported scam attempts has Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials cautioning college students looking for financial aid deals, officials said Thursday.

“I’ve gotten a couple of phone calls from college students, one of them was at COC and another at CSUN,” said Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. “This type of scam has been going on in several different variations, whether it be, “I need somebody to cash this check for me because I don’t have a bank account…”

Essentially the fraud involves the perpetrator asking the victim to cash a check that they know doesn’t have sufficient funds, for one reason or another — the latest version seems to involves false promises of a financial aid disbursement, Dubin said.

The perpetrator then asks for a return of some portion of the check’s funds before the bank is able to clear the check and discover the fraud.

“I just want to make sure that people know if it’s too good to be true, it probably is,” Dubin said. “We want to make sure people have a top of mind aware about these scams.”

Sheriff’s Deputies Warn Of Scams

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About Perry Smith

Perry Smith is a print and broadcast journalist who has won several awards for his focused, hyperlocal community coverage in several different regions of the country. In addition to five years of experience covering the Santa Clarita Valley, Smith, a San Fernando Valley native, has worked in newspapers and news websites in Los Angeles, the Northwest, the Central Valley and the South, before coming to KHTS in 2012. To contact Smith, email him at