SACRAMENTO–Staff with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife issued a alerting on Aug. 20: there are “several unauthorized online websites” selling net and hunting licenses. Those unauthorized marketers are, according to CDFW staff, “improperly” charging anglers and hunters additional costs for permission purchases.
“[ The unauthorized dealers] may be collecting feelings personal information as part of their illegal events, ” CDFW staff said in a liberated statement.
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online, via the state’s Automated License Data System, or ALDS on the telephone, via an approved telephone auctions agent (8 00 -5 65 -1 458) at a physical permission sales office or, physically at an independent permission sales agent( regional sport goods narration, enticement and tackle supermarket, etc .).
“Because CDFW’s license sales offices and some independent license marketings agent bureaux have been temporarily closed to help slow the spread of Covid-1 9, there has been a surge in online sales over the summer months, ” CDFW staff said in a liberated proclamation. “Unscrupulous website hustlers and scammers can benefit of increased virtual traffic, and the public should make additional prudences to ensure they do not fall victim to a scam.”
CDFW staff has shut down six unauthorized websites since June 2019. Two more websites acquiring illegal permissions sales are on the verge of “being disabled, ” according to CDFW staff.
“Unofficial websites may attempt to represent CDFW and/ or contain information about hunting and fishing licenses, and internet search engines is no longer able ever roll the official CDFW website as the top result, ” Department of Fish and Wildlife staff stated. “While allowed obtains become through independent license auctions operators and ALDS are subject to an additional 5 percentage handle reward, the fraudulent marketings websites volunteer commodities for sale with’ ship and direct fees’ that are much higher than 5 percent of the base acquire price.”
Anyone who guess he or she might have acquired a trawl or hunting license from an illegal website should email CDFW staff at ReportFraud @wildlife. ca.gov. The email address could also be used to confirm whether or not a previous obtain was performed properly.