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Santa Cruz Police Warn Against Wave of Scams Sweeping the Area

Send us in your wildest scam attempt. Post in the comments below.

 

See the entire police release here.

 

In brief:

1. Scammers are soliciting vacation rentals online. Trouble is, they don't own the house they are allegedly renting. How to stop it? Don't rent until you have had a tour of the house.

2. Someone buys something from you on a site like Craig's List and pays more than you asked for in a check or money order. They say it was an accident and ask you to return the money by wire, PayPal or another check. Trouble is, their first check is fake.

3. You get an email from a friend abroad who has lost their money or is under arrest and needs a quick fix of some cash wired. How can you resist? It's a scam. Make sure you talk to the friend first.

4. You are in trouble, a caller says, and police are coming to arrest you, but it can be stopped if you send in money to pay off a fine, late bill, collections agency request. It's a scam. If they actually appear to be coming to your house, call police.

5. You are told your computer has a virus and they will give you a program to clean it up. No way. The program will clean you out.

Read the full reports here.

So, I guess I shouldn't respond to this nice offer I got yesterday?

My name is Mr Terry Franky.I am a dying man who has decided to will his fortune to you for charitable goals.

I am 59 years old and was diagnosed for cancer about 2 years ago, kindly contact my private email identity (terry.franky@gmail.com) if you are interested in carrying out this task,so that he can arrange the release of the funds($10,500,000.00) to you.
I know I have never met you but instincts tells me to do this,and i hope you act sincerely.
Thank you and God bless you

Sincerely,
TERRY FRANKY

Angela Aurelio November 10, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Craigslist is the worst. I have been trying to sell some photo gear and I get at least 3 emails a day that are spam wanting to send money via paypal. I am not an idiot. But it really becomes a waste of time.
Chris Jordan November 10, 2012 at 04:36 PM
#2 has whiskers- Rumplestiltskin from the 1990s style. All it takes is one or 2 replies to realize the old Nigerian scam is being tried. I buy and sell constantly using Craigslist. Just a lucky PayPal hater I guess.
Brad Kava November 11, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Hey, what gear are you selling? I know a lot of people who may be interested...
Brad Kava November 12, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Here's another scam I just got, involving a famous person: I hope you read this soon as i'm writing you in distress. I traveled down to Wales for an important program in Cardiff but unfortunately for me the hotel i lodged got caught-up by fire. All valuables including cash were destroyed during the inferno and the hotel's phone lines was also disconnected.I'll explain details when i return. Please i need your financial assistance to relocate to another hotel and also arrange for my traveling documents.Let me know if you can be of any help soon. Lee Visit my web page at http://www.radiorodgers.com My email address is: www.radiorodgersl@yahoo.com
Chris Jordan November 26, 2012 at 04:31 AM
WOW! Thanks for the scam hints! People who jam up comment areas with innocent coachoutlets hit at least 10 Patch comment sections. Scam 2?? Be Ye Careful!!!

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