Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for.
•Restaurants targeted –- A man posing as a health inspector has been trying to get credit card information from Los Angeles County restaurant owners, county Supervisor Don Knabe said in a news release. The man has directed restaurant owners to call a telephone number, which has a recording that asks them to input banking information, Knabe said. Los Angeles County health inspectors always present a county-issued photo identification card upon request and will never accept payment for an inspection or charge a fee for a county letter grade, Knabe said.
•Film investments –- Two Southern California men have been arrested on suspicion of defrauding victims of more than $300,000 by making false claims that they would use the money to produce an independent movie with big-name movie and music stars. Bart Slanaker and Joseph Roth operated a North Hills boiler room at which salespeople would cold-call victims, offering them a chance to invest in an independent movie called "There for Hope," the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles said in a news release.
•Computer virus removal –- Cyber criminals have been gaining access consumers' home computers and downloading personal data, the Internet Crime Complaint Center warns in a bulletin. In the scam, a caller will tell victims that their computers are infected with a virus and direct them to a website that reportedly will help fix the problem, the bulletin said. When victims click on a link on the website, the caller is able to access the victim's computer and obtain personal information.