Be On the Lookout for Local Scams in Your Neighborhood
By · February 28, 2014
There seems to be a couple of scams happening in the area.
One is a phone call scam where someone posing as an employee of South San Francisco. A male is calling to say there will be work done by the City of South San Francisco in your neighborhood and wants to know if you would like additional work to be done. This has been reported by two separate residents from two different neighborhoods.
Here's the link to the Police Report: http://www.ssf.net/index.aspx?NID=1861
Another phone call scam has to do with Walmart Mystery Shoppers. A cashier's check is delivered stating they are from the Walmart Mystery Shoppers. There are instructions to cash the check, spend some of the money at your local Walmart and send the rest of the funds via Western Union to another Mystery Shopper.
Well, apparently this victim did not cash the check so they received another phone call demanding they cash the check and send the money as instructed. If these instructions were not followed, the FBI would be alerted and sent to their home.
Guess we have some pretty smart residents in South San Francisco, as this person did some research and discovered the cashier's check was fraudulent.
Here's the link to the police report: http://www.ssf.net/index.aspx?NID=1863
So, be on the look out for possible scams. You know the old cliche, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is".
Anyone who has had similar phone calls or has any further information is encouraged to call the South San Francisco Police Department at (650) 877-8900 or the anonymous tip line at (650) 952-2244.