Sacto 9-1-1
June 2, 2008
Scam alert: Caller offers debt assistance

Charles Berkstresser of Sacramento's Woodlake neighborhood reports that he received a phone call from someone representing "Debt Assistance Corp.," saying he wanted to help Berkstresser with his $10,000 debt -- for a fee. Berkstresser knew he did not have a $10,000 debt. Figuring it was a scam call, he asked the man where he was calling from. The caller, whom Berkstresser said had a thick accent, responded, "Asia."

Berkstresser didn't give the caller any information -- or money -- and wanted to alert other area residents about such solicitations. Berkstresser is a bit more well versed on possible crimes than most people. He said his son-in-law is a Napa County Superior Court judge.

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