City of Saratoga Neighborhood Watch

Tips & Trends

If you have a phone, chances are good you’ve received a call from a scammer. Unfortunately, criminals are crafty, and people get caught in scams every day. Here are a few warning signs to look for:

  1. Unsolicited calls, including those from any government agency, utility, charity, or tech company.
  2. Anyone calling to request sensitive information over the phone, such as Social Security Number or credit card numbers.
  3. Anyone requesting immediate payment and/or threatening dire consequences for failure to pay, such as jail time.
  4. Anyone requesting payment through gift cards or wire transfer.
  5. With Tax Day coming up, remember that scammers frequently pose as IRS employees and threaten taxpayers with hefty financial penalties and jail time. The IRS will never threaten to involve the police, demand payment without the opportunity to question or appeal, ask for credit card numbers over the phone, or demand payment through a gift card or wire transfer.

If you receive a scam phone call, hang up, never give out sensitive information over the phone, and independently research payment requests and offers. 


Wildfire Preparedness

Did you know that roughly half of Saratoga has been designated as being at high to very high risk for wildfire? Get ready and learn how you can protect your family and home at the Wildfire Preparedness Community Meetings hosted by the Santa Clara County Fire Department and Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, April 18 and Thursday, May 30. Both meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Joan Pisani Community Center, 19655 Allendale Avenue. 


Make a Difference, Join CERT!

Prepare yourself and support the efforts of first responders by assisting your neighbors during a disaster by signing up for the Saratoga Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The next academy for new members is April 30 through May 19. Sign up today

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