The check may be in the mail, but it ain’t real.
Police are warning residents about a check scam targeting San Francisco residents, Officer Gordon Shyy said in a statement Thursday. In the scam, potential victims are mailed a letter saying they won $135,000 from “The National Lottery” in England, Shyy said.
Enclosed with the letter is a fraudulent check for $3,750, payable to the recipient. The amount is said to cover a British tax on the “winnings,” Shyy said. Read More
Police in South San Francisco are searching for a couple who scammed a woman out of money and jewelry with the promise of sharing $100,000 in lottery winnings.
The victim, a 33-year-old South San Francisco woman, was walking in the 300 block of Maple Avenue on Friday when she was approached by a Hispanic man in his 30s with black hair and a patchy beard, police said. Read More
Officials at San Francisco International Airport are warning people about a pet scam falsely claiming that animals are being detained at the airport.
In the scam, people receive unsolicited emails that offer to sell or ship animals as pets from overseas once money is sent to pay for vaccinations, according to airport officials. Read More
Yupeng Deng is being held on $500,000 bail since being charged with posing as a U.S. Army recruiter and scamming Los Angeles-area Chinese immigrants into paying him as much as $400 each to join a bogus military unit. Deng allegedly told his “recruits” that joining the Army would improve their chances of obtaining green cards and U.S. citizenship. His office was decorated to look like a real recruiting station and he reportedly issued phony military ID cards to his victims. Read More
An unlicensed contractor was charged in court Monday with multiple felonies for allegedly defrauding a San Francisco homeowner and day laborers.
Danny Ho, 52, of San Francisco pleaded not guilty to charges including grand theft and fraudulent use of another contractor’s license number. He is in custody on $300,000 bail. Read More
WHAT: Ralph Mariano, a senior systems engineer for the Naval Sea Systems Command — which makes up nearly one-fourth of the Navy’s entire budget — faces charges of taking $10 million in a bribery scheme involving inflated invoices and unperformed work. Read More
WHAT: BP could be paying millions in compensation to bogus fishermen. State applications for commercial fishing licenses have jumped nearly 60 percent, despite most fishing grounds being closed by the disastrous oil spill. Louisiana has sold 2,200 licenses since the spill. Read More
WHO: Pennsylvania Rep. John M. Perzel Read More
It was the type of crime that investigators regularly see in real estate fraud cases — Maria Fe Valdez and her sister, Marissa Cruz, allegedly befriended a developmentally disabled man who worked at Goodwill Industries with Cruz. Read More
A 74-year-old San Francisco woman was bilked out $6,500 earlier this month by a bogus lottery scam that frequently targets the elderly, law enforcement authorities said.
The woman, a Mission Terrace resident, was contacted by a man who claimed she won $600,000 from a Canadian lottery, despite never entering the contest, said Capt. Dennis O’Leary of the Ingleside Police Station. Read More