City of San Mateo Police Dept Scam Warnings

Advisory: Special Message From SMPD Officers About Current Scams, and What You Can Do About It!

200 Franklin Parkway, San Mateo, CA 94403 

SMPD Brings you the latest fraud techniques, and some great safety tips – straight from our Officers on the Street! 

Our SMPD Patrol and Downtown Units have noticed these fraud trends, and felt it was important to share them with you, along with what you can do about it. 

Officers noticed a fraud in January where victims received unsolicited calls from suspects who identified themselves as employees of official sounding financial businesses or agencies, demanding that the victim wire or send money for a non-existent debt. The suspects targeted non-english speaking and non-resident victims, threatening arrest and deportation. 

This month, our officers received several reports of suspects claiming to be employed or contracted by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), who telephoned the victim to “collect delinquent balances”. The suspect threatens to turn off the victim’s electricity within the hour unless they provide a serial number for a pre-paid money card. The crooks even provide the victims with instructions on how to obtain the money card! 

SMPD urges you to remember these tips: 

• As a rule, you should never respond to a telephone call, email, or mail request to send money through a wire service. 
• If you are requested to send the money to another country consider it fraud every time! 
• If you receive calls that threaten arrest, deportation, etc, contact your local law enforcement or local legal aid agencies for advice. 
• Handle all business with PG&E through official channels. PG&E’s website is www.pge.com, which has an online bill pay option. PG&E representatives can also be contacted via 1(800)743-5000. 
• If you get a Caller ID number, check the internet to see if there are any scam alerts associated with it. 

If you fall victim to a scam or fraud, or THINK you have ben scammed, contact SMPD – 650-522-7700 

More details and more tips available at SMPD’s Public Safety Blog -http://sanmateopd.org/2014/02/08/smpd-scam-alert-latest-phone-fraud-techniques-and-what-you-can-do/ 

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Sent by San Mateo, CA Police Department
200 Franklin Pkwy, San Mateo, CA 94403

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Denise Nelson February 09, 2014 at 10:49 AM
Wow! I know Patch fired everyone, but if you're going to operate think about not using such blurred images. You have stock images galore to choose from...
Lois Poblitz February 10, 2014 at 04:47 PM
My comment is not about blurred images. It is to tell people that the PG&E scam is very REAL. They almost got my Mother-in law's account info, etc. Luckily I was on the phone with her when it happened and told her to shut the door. People in their 70' and 80's need to know "NO ID, NO opening the door!"


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