San Mateo police are warning the public of recent scams from callers who inform the victims of unpaid bills.
Officers received reports of a fraud in which the suspects stated they were employees from financial businesses or agencies that sounded official, police said.
The caller would then instruct the victim to wire or send money for what turned out to be a non-existent debt, according to police. The suspects in the fraud seemed to target people who don't speak English and threatened arrest or deportation, police said.
Officers also received reports of another fraud in which the suspects claim to be from PG&E calling to “collect delinquent balances,” according to police. The caller threatened to shut down the victims' electricity within the hour unless they provided the serial number of a pre-paid money card, police said.
Police are warning the public to be wary of callers who request money sent through a wire service or to another country.