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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Learn How Not to Fall Victim to That Weird Chinese Ghost Scam

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 1:26 PM

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The San Francisco District Attorney's Office has turned into part-time Ghostbusters, hoping to help curb the bizarre ghost scam that's hit the Chinese community since early this summer.

The DA is hosting another community forum tomorrow with the San Francisco Police Department and Adult Protective Services, where they'll educate seniors on how to protect themselves from being duped into handing over their cash and jewelry.

So if you are worried about these con artists scamming your loved ones, then head over to the meeting tomorrow afternoon. Here are the details:

The meeting will start at 1:30 p.m. at the Visitacion Valley Community Center, 66 Raymond (at Bayshore).

Earlier this summer, police arrested three women who they believe are responsible for scamming

older, Asian women out of money and jewelry by convincing the women there were evil spirits attached to them. Despite those arrests, more victims have

come forward as of late, reporting similar incidents.

In all the incidents, the suspects convince the victims to gather all their valuables in a bag and return with them for a "purification ceremony." However, those ceremonies turn into grand theft when the suspects return to the victims empty bags.

If you believe you've been a victim, call the cops now and report it. 

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