Consumer Alerts

DFPI Cautions on Apps Offering Unqualified Securities

The DFPI has issued orders for violations of California securities laws against companies that offer unregistered securities to the public through smartphone apps available for download from app stores. The DFPI has posted a new consumer brochure on the topic.

Fee Scam Involving Unauthorized Use of DFPI Logo

The DFPI has received information about scammers fraudulently claiming to be from the “Department of Financial Protection and Innovation” and using the same letterhead and logo of the DFPI.

Credit Union Smishing Scam

Coast Central Credit Union (CCCU) has advised the DFPI that their call center has received numerous calls from members and non-members indicating that they received fraudulent SMS text messages that purport to be from CCCU.

Fraudulent Bank Website Scam

The DFPI has received information about a fraudulent website posing as Bank of the Sierra. The correct web address for Bank of the Sierra is The imposter represents itself to the public as “”.

Fraudulent Bank Website Scam

State-chartered bank Beach Cities Commercial Bank (BCCB) has advised the DFPI of a fraudulent website with the domain “,” representing themselves as an e-bank. BCCB’s legitimate domain is

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Last updated: Apr 23, 2024 @ 2:28 pm