In a New Twist, Bad Guys Asking for Gift Cards

Lt. Tina Williams and Community Relations Officer Larry Hesselgesser reported an increase in telephone and email scams in our area and throughout San Diego at the February 2015 UCCA meeting. The scammers come up with a convincing story and ask you to send money through a pre-paid credit card. Once you give them the scratch off numbers on the back of the card, the money is theirs.

Unfortunately, the police are not able to solve many of these crimes because the bad guys use untraceable pre-paid cell phones and untraceable email addresses. If someone you do not know asks you to send them money via pre-paid credit card, assume it’s a scam. For related posts, visit


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