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Scam Alert

We need to alert you as business owners of a new scam. PLEASE speak with ALL your employees and make sure they know not to give any personal information to people calling in on the phone, answer any personal questions about the owners or respond to random emails requesting information. This scam focuses on getting names of owners, managers, financial information, employees shifts, personal addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, etc.

Once the Scammers know your info, they call back and request for large sums of money to be deposited and converted to Bitcoin. This is scam that is being seen throughout the county and now it has cost a client, thousands of dollars.
Scammers are hoping that your employees will be loyal and vulnerable. This is how they approach your employees:

1. The scammers probe the business by calling the business multiple times. In one business, they called up to 20 times in one day. The scammers will pretend to be friends of the business mangers or owners and need info like personal cell numbers and full names.

2. Once the scammers get enough information, they will then start calling in telling employees that the business is in trouble. Once caller identified themselves as the Health Department saying the business will be fined 4K unless a deposit is made. Another caller said they were personal friends of the owner, who had given permission to have the employee take a certain amount of money from the business and deposit it at a check cashing location into a bitcoin account. Usually, the premise is that money is needed urgently.

Scammers need only to speak to the one employee who will panic and comply with what the scammers are telling them to do. Once the money gets deposited into the bitcoin account it is almost impossible to recover.

We know many of you are reading this and will say that this is ridiculous, and this could never happen to you or any of your employees. However, it is happening all over the County, and we want to help you avoid being a victim. The Sheriff’s Deputies who came out to investigate our client’s case shared that there are currently 4 other cases similar to this one that they are investigating. Amounts of theft by false pretense now range from $2,800 to $14,000.

Please, take the time to have a meeting with your employees and reinforce that they should not engage with callers phishing for information and to never give personal information out. As a reminder, government agencies or any other reputable company seeking payment is not going to ever ask an employee to take money from the business and deposit into an account at a check cashing business to be converted to Bitcoin. If we stay vigilant, this scam will not affect you or your business.

Jeff Hata

Account Manager | Safety Director

Jeff has over 21 years middle to upper level production management experience with Eastman Kodak Company. While with Kodak, Jeff was certified as a seminar facilitator with Development Dimensions International and was the Supervisor/Manager Development trainer for Kodak’s California Operations. In addition, Jeff has over 14 years’ experience as a local small business owner. Jeff graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Photographic Technology and Engineering from St Cloud State University, St Cloud, Minnesota. Jeff holds certifications for Human Resources HIIPA, American Heart Association First Aid, American Heart Association CPR/AED, Workplace Active Assailant Readiness Training, OSHA General Industry & OSHA Construction.

Jeff believes that giving back to his community is vitally important. Some of the organizations that Jeff supports are Rotary Club of Ventura-East, Ventura Family YMCA, Operation Gratitude, Ventura Women’s Center, United Way Day of Caring, Surf Rider Foundation Beach Cleanup, and American Cancer Society Real Men Wear Pink. Jeff is a two-time Past President for the Rotary Club of Ventura-East, Past Board Secretary for the Ventura Chamber of Commerce and is currently the Board Chair for the Ventura Family YMCA and the Ventura Women’s Center.

Rosandra Esquivel

Principal

Rosandra has worked in multiple industries over the past 25 years. To ensure a well-rounded experience base, Rosandra has worked in the Public and Private sectors in various industries including manufacturing, hospitality, automotive, insurance, agriculture, real estate, construction, education, and public safety. She has garnered multi industry experience and boasts numerous designations including from the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) as a Generalist, cross industry certifications in HIIPA and most recently, Workplace Active Assailant Readiness Training. With a BA in Political Science and International Studies emphasis in International Business and Spanish and Culture language from California Lutheran University; in addition to a Certificate in Human Resource Management, Rosandra has made it her goal to elevate Human Resources to the next level.

Aligned with Rosandra’s philosophy of being of service, she is generous with her time and gives back to her community by working on community service projects with the Salvation Army, Rotary Club of Ventura-East, Ventura Women’s Center, Operation Gratitude, Surfrider Foundation Beach Clean-up, United Way Day of Caring, the Ventura Family YMCA & The American Cancer Society Real Men Wear Pink Campaign. Rosandra is also a Past Commissioner for the Ventura County Commission for Women.

To utilize being bilingual, in this day of COVID-19, Rosandra also worked alongside JR Bookkeeping and the SBCDC to put on bilingual webinars, for business owners on how to safely reopen their businesses while still remaining compliant with local and state restrictions. The office of Governor Newson, ensured this endeavor was supported, as did Univision LA’s largest Spanish language station. Through this project, Rosandra was able to assist business owners statewide.

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Oscar Esquivel

Community Outreach

Oscar has over 37 years of manufacturing management experience. His focus on Human Resources was gained when working in the Aerospace, Janitorial, Retail and Banking industries. Oscar holds a degree in Business Administration from San Carlos University, Guatemala City, Guatemala. Oscar’s knowledge of industrial process and hands on knowledge of forklift operator, has given him the ability to assist in the auditing of Safety protocols. As a certified hazardous Waste Removal person, he has worked alongside OSHA to ensure safety is always at the forefront. As part of The HR FIRM, Oscar works with our Spanish speaking clients, a population that is often underserviced and in need of his knowledge.

In Oscar’s free time he enjoys gardening and working on projects around the house. Oscar also spends time giving back to his community working with Rosandra and Jeff on projects for the Rotary Club of Ventura-East, United Way Day of Caring, The Ventura Family YMCA and The American Cancer Society Real Men Wear Pink Campaign.

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