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Monday, October 20, 2014

S.F. Cops Warn Residents About Slew of Bizarre Scams

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 7:57 AM

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The cops are always warning us about ballsy scammers who are looking to pay rent by ripping you off. However, this week, it's not just one weird scam you have to worry about — it's five. 

San Francisco police published a brief report titled “Don’t Be Taken by Con Artists,” otherwise known as, ‘15 Ways to Scam Your Fellow Man,' advising residents not to fall for these creative stories told by swindlers.  

Here's the list of  the latest scams circulating San Francisco. Read carefully:

  1. The “Earthquake Relief Fund”

    The scammer poses as a San Francisco city official collecting donations over the phone for an earthquake relief fund. You contribute to it, thinking you are a good person (and you are), but the money doesn't actually go to an earthquake relief fund. Sorry. 

  2. The “Grand Parent Scam”

    The author refrains from comment on this one. His own father may or may not have come this close to wiring a ‘distant nephew’ funds after he received a phone call from a person who claimed they were in trouble with Mexican authorities. The perpetrator name drops to gain trust.

    “Although employees at Western Union have tried to dissuade the seniors from sending the money, these employees are rarely believed,” police wrote.

  3. The “Pigeon Drop”

    The old Pigeon drop. Two to three people make you believe they have found money or diamonds or something shiny — and they want to share it with you!  But someone needs to hold onto the goods before they’re split. You're then asked to place a (large) sum of money in ‘good faith’ into a bag — an amount they say they match.

    “The suspects switch the bag,” police wrote. “They leave you with nothing but torn paper.”

  4. The “Canadian Sweepstakes”

    A call comes in, and someone says “You’ve just won the Canadian Sweepstakes.” But wait, you must pay some Canadian taxes before you can get the big money. So you wire funds to them at Western Union. And now you're just a broke U.S resident. 

  5. The “Sweetheart Swindle”

    Otherwise known as a sugarbaby/sugardaddy relationship, a young woman befriends a 70-year-old (or older), suggests intimacy and then takes him for all he's worth. Her need for rent, grocery or furniture money may “swindle him out of his life savings.” Sad. 

Consider yourself warned. 

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