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Written by San Fernando Valley Sun   
Thursday, 11 October 2012 04:30

SANTA CLARITA (CNS) - The sheriff's Santa Clarita Valley Station issued a warning today about two scams that have been increasingly reported in the area.

One scam involves a victim receiving a telephone call from someone claiming to be a deputy, said Deputy Joshua Dubin. The imposter tells the victim that one of their family members was involved in an accident or was just arrested. The imposter then tells the victim the family member gave their name as an emergency contact.

Dubin said the imposter tells the victim to call a phone number that begins with a (star) 72 to get the information on their relative. When the victim calls the number they are told they have a wrong number.

Usually, they will then call directory assistance and get the number of the nearest sheriff's station and the real information.

However, Dubin said, that because the victim used the prefix of (star) 72 to make that phony call, they have also automatically forwarded all their incoming call to the scammer's phone number.

These include collect calls from inmates who want to avoid paying for collect calls. The billing for these phone calls will then be sent to the victim until the victim turns off the forwarding by dialing (star) 73.

The second scam is a familiar one called the "Latin Lottery Scam," Dubin said.

In this scam a victim is approached by the con artist who claimed to have won the lottery but says he or she needs you to hand over some money to them so both of you can claim the lottery prize. When the victim hands over the money, the scammer who claims to be going to collect the prize then disappears. Dubin said that no one needs any money or help to collect a winning lottery ticket.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 October 2012 04:30

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