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Three people fall victim to con artists

 

Officials in San Mateo are warning residents to beware of telephone scammers who have recently conned elderly victims into wiring money abroad under false pretenses, police said.

One San Mateo resident was contacted by a suspect claiming to be a grandson who had been arrested for drunken driving in New York, according to San Mateo police.

A second suspect claiming to be a public defender instructed the victim to wire money via Western Union to cover legal expenses.

The transaction was completed and investigators reported the pilfered money was picked up in Madrid, Spain.

In another case, a scammer contacted a San Mateo woman and claimed to be her grandson needing money to post bail in Montreal, Canada.

The victim complied with the suspect's request and wired money to England, where it was claimed by an unknown individual, according to police.

In a separate incident, a victim was contacted by a suspect who said the victim had won $500,000 in a lottery in the Philippines. The victim was told to wire money to cover supposed taxes before the prize money could be claimed. The victim completed eight wire transfers to the Philippines, where the funds were claimed and no winnings were ever delivered, according to police.

Officials are warning residents to be suspicious of telephone calls from anyone requesting that money be wired abroad and to hang up immediately and report the solicitation to police.

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Posted by Facebookie
a resident of another community
on Feb 6, 2011 at 8:45 pm

The fastest growing segment of Facebook users is middle aged people and older. Very easy to compile personal information from your Facebook profile since Facebook forces you to make certain information public, including your real name.


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Posted by Alfred E Newman
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm

"...since Facebook forces you to make certain information public, including your real name..."

No more so than this forum.


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