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SCAM ALERT: PUPPY SCAM May 6, 2022

Who can resist the charms of an adorable puppy? As many have learned during the pandemic, canine companions provide comfort and joy in a challenging time. Since the start of the pandemic, the sale of dogs has soared and continues to climb.

Unfortunately, scammers are exploiting that longing for companionship. In 2021, pet scams made up to 35% of all online shopping scams reported to the BBB. Puppy scams usually take the following form: Scammers post cute photos to lure unsuspecting buyers. The puppies sometimes come with additional costs for things like quarantine and delivery fees. The unsuspecting buyer sends payment and then waits expectantly for their new pet, who never arrives.

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Inspector honored by Tri-Valley Knights of Columbus Award Apr 29, 2022

Alameda County District Attorney’s Office Inspector III Eugene Guerrero was recognized with the Tri-Valley Knights of Columbus award for his bravery during an incident on Jan. 6, 2021. He was honored at the Red, Blue and Gold Awards Banquet on April 22.

Inspector Guerrero’s keen sense and quick response interrupted two violent and dangerous individuals during an armed carjacking and robbery. His use of good tactics and quick action prevent an innocent victim from being robbed and potentially shot.

Inspector Guerrero’s actions and bravery, while under fire, were in the highest tradition, values, and mission of the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

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STATEMENT FROM DA NANCY O’MALLEY REGARDING THE MARIO GONZALEZ CASE: Apr 8, 2022

“I want to acknowledge the pain and concerns in our community over the killing of Mr. Gonzalez. This is true any time a situation involving police officers ends with the death of another. My sincere condolences go out to the family of Mr. Gonzalez at the time of his death and during this difficult time.

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Alameda County District Attorney Statement on Sex Assault Victim DNA Use Mar 11, 2022

Response to recent reports of victim-survivor’s DNA used to charge her for a crime in SF

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley has been a leader in enacting laws that create rights and protections for sexual assault victims and survivors. She has worked with legislators to eliminate the statute of limitations on sexual assault crimes, enhancing the Sexual Assault Victims Bill of Rights under the Penal Code and the standards for forensic examination, including the collection of potential DNA. In 2015, DA O’Malley worked with then Assemblymember, now Senator Nancy Skinner to pass the law that law enforcement should submit all sexual assault forensic kits to a crime lab for testing. In 2018, DA O’Malley worked with Senator Connie Leyva to change the law, making it mandatory for law enforcement to submit the sexual assault forensic kit to a crime lab, specifically to identify, test and submit DNA profiles in the state and national databases. Additionally, DA O’Malley has worked with then Assemblymember Chu to require the California Department of Justice to create a separate tracking system, SAFE-T to ensure that law enforcement has followed the law. In 2021, DA O’Malley worked with Senator Leyva to pass SB 215, which provides access to the victim-survivor to track their own case in SAFE-T.

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SCAM ALERT: FAKE REVIEWS Mar 9, 2022

Consumers rely online reviews to help choose everything from restaurants to doctors. Scammers know this and can make money selling or trading phony reviews. Before relying on an online review, look out for some red flags:

  • The business has multiple reviews on Yelp removed for violating Yelp's terms of service.
  • Negative reviews are followed by 5-star reviews. Some businesses try to bury legitimate negative reviews; often they will contradict the specific criticisms in the negative review.
  • The business has an abnormal number of positive reviews in a short period of time.

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SCAM ALERT: BEWARE OF UNAUTHORIZED COVID TESTING SITES Jan 25, 2022

As the demand for COVID testing increases, consumers should be wary of unauthorized “pop-up” COVID testing sites. Warning signs that a pop-up testing site may be unauthorized include:

· Asking for too much personal information, such as social security, driver’s license, and bank account numbers. Such information could be used for identity theft.

· Unsanitary conditions, including staff not wearing masks and gloves.

· Not returning test results in a timely manner. In most cases, expect antigen test results to be available in a matter of hours and PCR tests in two to three days.

In addition, pop-up sites should be able to provide the name and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certification number of the laboratory used to process their tests. Certifications can be verified using the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services CLIA search tool.

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A STATEMENT FROM DA O’MALLEY ON RECENT MURDER OF AC SHERIFF RECRUIT Jan 5, 2022

“On behalf of the Alameda County District’s Office and the entire staff, we send our deepest condolences to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and the Academy Class in which the recruit was a part. It is a horrible tragedy that as he drove home from his academy training, he was senselessly shot and killed. Our hearts are with his family during this time.”

-District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley

ZELLE SCAM ALERT Nov 30, 2021

BEWARE: Zelle is a digital payments service that is sometimes set up as part of your bank account. Scammers may attempt to exploit your account by posing as your bank or lending institution.

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A STATEMENT ON THE VERDICT OF THE KYLE RITTENHOUSE CASE Nov 19, 2021

In August 2020, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse shot three men, killing two of them during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Anthony Huber, 26, and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, were killed and Gaige Grosskreutz was injured.

He argued self defense. A jury found him not guilty of all counts.

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DDA GLENN KIM APPOINTED TO JUDGE IN COSTRA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT Nov 19, 2021

Our office is proud to announce our own Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Glenn Kim has been appointed by Governor Newsom as a judge to the Contra Costa County Superior Court.

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