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Fairfield, CA Police Department
Wednesday September 6th, 2017 :: 04:50 p.m. PDT
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Be aware of fraudulent phone scams...

Is someone calling you or a loved one on the phone claiming to be a family member in trouble or claiming to be an attorney representing them and that they are in need of money? Do they sort-of sound like that loved one, but their voice is not quite right and they explain it away as having a nose injury? Are they asking you to purchase gifts cards for a lot of money and then give them the security code on the back of the card? Are they claiming to be calling from the IRS and pressuring you to buy gift cards to pay your taxes? 

THESE ARE ALL SCAMS!!! Contact your local police department for assistance. Please tell your friends and family. 

Fraudsters often troll social media and glean just enough information to learn the names of loved ones and their relationship to the victim. They can be very compelling when they call, and the elderly are among their prime targets. These scams can happen throughout the year, but may increase as the holiday season approaches. Most of these scams are well-organized operations using cloned phone numbers and originate out-of-state or even internationally. They will sometimes even have a "secretary" answer the phone. 

Local businesses report that they are experiencing an influx of mostly elderly customers purchasing gift cards in high sums of money. The customers are usually reluctant to say why they are buying large dollar gift cards because they were told that something bad would happen to their loved one if they discuss the matter. Fortunately, many local businesses are wise to these scams and are warning customers before they purchase the gift cards. Typical legitimate gift card purchases are for at most, a few hundred dollars. Best Buy is one of those businesses looking out for their customers. Three sales associates said they've had up to 20 suspicious attempted high-dollar gift card purchases in 2017 that they've thwarted just by being aware and warning their customers. 

There are too many different scams out there to list in this post. We encourage you to visit the FBI website, https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/common-fraud-schemes to learn more about how fraudsters are trying to steal your money and how to protect yourself. 

Address/Location
Fairfield, CA Police Department
1000 Webster St
Fairfield, CA 94533

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-428-7300

Sgt. Jeff Osgood
PIO
josgood@fairfield.ca.gov
707-428-7444

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