Residents are “cold called” and told they are behind in their taxes or water bills, or that a family member is in jail and needs bail money. The caller usually demands immediate payment in the form of pre-paid debit card or wire transfers, according to the Beverly Hills Police Department.
The “sophisticated scammers” often have enough information such as the last four digits of a person’s Social Security number to convince victims that they are legitimate, police said.
The scammers often threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, a lack of services, or by telling victims that a family member will remain in jail without their help.
Anyone who has received such a call should call Beverly Hills police at (310) 550-4951.
— City News Service
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