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Telephone Scam Alert

Be aware: South City citizens are reporting a scam artist calling with promises of a $7,000 prize.

According to the South San Francisco Police Department, residents have reported suspicious phone calls or messages that appear to be scams in recent weeks.

The scam artist appears to be calling from the Washington DC area and is advising residents that they are eligible for a government grant worth $7,000. The scam artist tells the victim that they to stay on the line for two minutes and give their age and banking information. 

After the information is exchanged, victims are reporting that the scam artist than provides a telephone number from the Bronx, New York area to call to "claim" their money. When called, that number apparently does not have an answering machine and rings continuously. 

One citizen who reported the call said that the scam artist had a Filipino accent and sounded like an adult male.

SSF Police have given the following advisory:

Elderly victims tend to be the targets of phone scams, however, there is no definied pattern in this case and victims can be of different age groups. If you receive a call from an unknown person or phone number asking for personal information, obtain as much information as you can and report the incident to the police. Do not give out your address, banking institution, social security number or any other personal information. The non emergency line to the South San Francisco Police Department is 650-877-8900.

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Gopal Das August 28, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I think everybody should check out the Scam Detector app. I believe they're online as well.
Michael Dwells August 28, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Got a call like that from 253-243-3068. This guy told me I got picked to receive a government grant of $10, 000 and he just needed my information to get me signed up into the program. Had I not known about the scam, I would have gladly provided what he needed. He spoke great English and sounded professional. You wouldn't think he was a scammer. But all I needed to do was Google the phone number to find this page: http://www.callercenter.com/253-243-3068.html which has a set of complaints associated wit the phone number. I wonder, with all those complaints, why is he still able to call?
donna lombardo January 25, 2013 at 08:34 AM
Too many scammers use up more time than people who work real jobs.

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