SSFPD Media Release: Pigeon Drop Scam on South Spruce Avenue

South San Francisco, CA    May 18, 2015   Submitted by SSFPD SSFPD logo color

On Friday, May 15th at approximately 11:00 a.m., a South San Francisco resident was walking westbound on the 200 block of South Spruce Avenue when an unidentified subject confronted her and spoke to her in Spanish, offering to sell her a “diamond.” During their conversation, a second subject drove up next to them and offered to buy the diamond for $7,000.00. The seller turned down the subject, because he had already offered the diamond to the victim. Believing the diamond was real, the victim gave the subject $700.00 in cash and $1,500.00 worth of her own jewelry for the diamond. The victim later discovered that the diamond was fake.


Suspect number one is described as a Hispanic male adult, 18-21 years of age, light complexion, with black short hair and brown eyes. He was approximately 5′ 3″ with a stocky build. He had a round face and was clean shaven, and was wearing a plaid shirt and blue jeans.


Suspect number two is described as a Hispanic male adult approximately 30 years old. He had a dark complexion, black strait hair, brown eyes, and a goatee. He was approximately 5’6″ with a thin build wearing a black long sleeve shirt. Suspect number two was driving a black 4-door sedan.


Anyone with information regarding this crime is requested to contact the South San Francisco Police Department at 650-877-8900. The South San Francisco Police Department urges citizens to be aware of these type of scams and never exchange cash for items from unknown individuals.

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