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Friday, November 14, 2014

More "Blessing Scammers" Have Arrived in the U.S. — And They've Got Their Eye on S.F. (VIDEO)

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 2:58 PM

click to enlarge 61-year-old alleged Blessing Scammer who police caught as she tried to flee the country. - SFPD
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  • 61-year-old alleged Blessing Scammer who police caught as she tried to flee the country.
Police have received new information that criminals have arrived in the U.S. with the intention of duping victims as part of the growing Blessing Scam.

And they're headed right for San Francisco.

The San Francisco Police Department once again is warning the Chinese community about the recent return of Blessing Scams with the release of a public service announcement aired in a YouTube video in Cantonese.

With more new information, police decided to issue a warning to the community as a preventative measure. "We do believe there are people that have recently entered our country," said SFPD spokesperson Albie Esparza. 

In the first half of October alone, two incidents were reported where elderly Cantonese-speaking residents were swindled out of over $100,000 in valuables. According to Esparza, one more has occurred since.

"San Francisco Police urge all members of the Chinese community to be suspicious of strangers claiming to provide relief from a curse," a press release from spokesperson Esparza reads. "Or those who provide “purification” ceremonies in which cash and valuable items must be offered as part of the process."

Anonymous tips with information on the scams can be left at 415-553-9212.

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