South San Francisco Police Warn of Confidence Scheme

South San Francisco, CA  August 19, 2013

Last week South City resident  Carole Wynne shared her experience of almost being scammed and we shared it with our neighbors on our Facebook page. Below is her experience in her own words, along with comments from our neighbors on that day. Also included is the police report that was made public today.

Please share this information with other neighbors. And remember it is not just seniors who are scammed – be alert for yourself and for others.

From Carole: BEWARE ELDERLY PEOPLE>THERE ARE 2 LADIES WHO ARE SCAMMERS HITTING ON THE ELDERLY. I WAS ONE OF THEM BUT DIDN’T KNOW IT WAS A SCAM UNTIL I CALLED THE POLICE WHEN I GOT HOME. THEY CLAIM TO FIND THIS PACKAGE OF MONEY, $150,000 IN PARKING LOTS WITH A NOTE INSIDE. THEY ASK WHAT THEY SHOULD DO WITH IT. I SAID, “TAKE IT TO THE POLICE”. THEY SAID THEY WERE ON THE BUS. WHEN I SAID POLICE, THEY APPROACHED ANOTHER LADY AND SHE SAID SHE WOULD TAKE THEM TO THE POST OFFICE BECAUSE IT WAS WRAPPED IN A POST OFFICE ENVELOPE. I SHOULD HAVE CALLED POLICE WHEN IT HAPPENED BUT I DIDN’T KNOW IT WAS A SCAM. THEY WERE IN PARKING LOT OF SMART AND FINAL. PLEASE TELL ALL YOUR ELDERLY RELATIVES NOT TO FALL FOR THIS. TKS

Taryn Micely Toscano Sooo what exactly is the scam?

Justin Cresci Umm, how is this a scam? I dont get it

Matt Wendt Yeah ^^^^what they said

Angela De Benedetto The two ladies run interference while another jams the caps lock key on your computer.

Angie Ardon I don’t get how this is a scam

Steven Wong I don’t understand how it’s a scam… Sometimes this page posts the oddest and sometimes dumbest info.

Robert Wong Wait…how do they get money out of victim? On the subject of scams, 2 weeks ago, I got a robo-call from someone claiming to be from a credit union saying that my debit card has been temporarily deactivated and to reactivate it, press some number on the keypad to speak with a representative.

Robert Wong Sounds like they’re playing off of greed. I’m pretty suspicious of “deals”, but that’s with current scams; I’m not sure how someone will try to sucker me in the future.

Renee Mohr Um hello maybe just offering them a ride. Think about it – the elderly offer them a ride now they have your car, car and house keys, purse and the ATM, credit cards. Hopefully your parents will Remember what they told us as kids don’t give strangers a ride.
THANK YOU FOR THE SHARE
It is helpful to the community that is no longer as safe as when we were all younger.

Everything South City Thank you for understanding how vulnerable some folks might be hence our sharing a neighbor’s concern Renee.

Brian Cassidy This is the stupidest scam ever… Well, maybe right behind the Chinese superstition scam

Cindy Langley People cant be that stupid

Chris Riessen But, conversely, if your friends and family members are truly this vulnerable they should not be out on the playground unsupervised?

Shelly Wynne All information is useful thank you carole Wynne for sharing your experience, yes the two ladies asked for a ride there it is there, Renee Mohr you get it.

Shelly Wynne And ESC we appreciate you keeping South City residents and others aware.

Mary Vance I can’t believe some of these comments. Senior citizens are not stupid but some are more trusting therefore more vulnerable to scam artists. Scam artists prey on the elderly in many ways.

SSFPD 8.15.13 Confidence Scheme 1 SSFPD Confidence Scheme 8.15.2013-page-002

 

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