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January 03, 2007


San Francisco Police Warn Of Telephone Scam That Preys On Elderly

The San Francisco Police Department has received three reports from elderly residents of San Francisco who have received phone calls from persons claiming to be their grandson. The caller goes on to say that they were stuck in Phoenix, Arizona, that they lost their wallet or had car problems, and asked that money be sent by Western Union in the amount of $450.00. In all cases the suspects did not know the grandson's name until the names were given by the victims.

The suspects asked that the money be sent to Robert Bailey or Ronald Bailey since they had no identification to claim the money. The ages of the victims range from 81 to 93.

A similar scam occurred in San Francisco's Richmond District when the suspect came to the 77-year-old victim's door and introduced himself as a neighbor from down the block. The suspect said that he was involved in a car accident and that the tow truck driver would not accept his credit card, and he needed $85.00 in cash to pay the driver. The victim gave the suspect the money and was told he would be back in 30 minutes to pay them back and never did return.

San Francisco Police are warning the public to be highly suspicious of phone calls from persons claiming to be relatives in need of money or of strangers that ring their door bells claiming that their vehicles have broken down and that they are in need of money.

For more information please contact:

Lieutenant Kenwade Lee

Fraud Section

415 553-1521

850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103
Tel (415) 553-1651 / Fax (415) 553-9229
email: [email protected]