SSFPD Media Release: Sweepstakes Scam

South San Francisco, CA   April 10, 2014    Submitted by SSFPD SSFPD logo

In March of 2014 a 52-year old South San Francisco resident received a phone call from a suspect, who identified himself as “David Black from the United States Sweepstakes.” The suspect had the victim’s Social Security number and Capital One credit card number. The suspect said the sweepstakes had paid off the victim’s Capital One Credit card balance in good faith. The victim checked her Capital One account online and verified this to be true. Now believing the sweepstakes caller to be legitimate; the victim wired two payments via Western Union as “insurance” to destinations in Jamaica.

The victim’s Capital One account was linked to her Citibank money account. Later, the v1ct1m discovered that the suspect had moved funds from her Citibank account to pay the balance of her Capital One account. Capital One advised her to report the unauthorized use to the Police. There is no other suspect information.

Any persons with information about this scam are encouraged to call the South San Francisco Police Department at (650) 877-8900 or the Anonymous Tip Line at (650) 952-2244.


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