A warning has been issued by the sheriffs Santa Clarita Valley Station about two scams that have been increasingly reported in the area.
According to Deputy Joshua Dubin, one scam involved a victim receiving a call from someone who was claiming to be a deputy. He tells the victim that one of their family members was involved in an accident or was arrested and tells the victim that the family member gave their name as an emergency contact.
The Deputy said that the imposter tells the victim to call a number that starts with a (star) 72 to get information on their relative. When the victim calls, they are told it is a wrong number. The victim would usually than call directory assistance and get the number of the nearest sheriffs office and the real information.
By calling the number given by the imposter with prefix of (star), Deputy Dubin said that the victim had automatically forwarded all their incoming call to the scammers phone number. This would include collect calls from inmates who want to avoid paying for collect calls. The victim would then be billed for the phone calls until they turn off the forwarding by dialing (star) 73.
The second scam is more familiar. Labeled the Latin Lottery Scam, a victim is approached by a scam artist who claims to have won the lottery but says that he or she needs you to hand over some money to them so that you both can claim the lottery prize. When the money is handed over to the scammer who claims to be going to collect the prize money, the person takes the money and disappears.
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