Sacto 9-1-1
January 4, 2012
Roseville scam alert: Telephone call fraud, car repair racket

Roseville police are alerting residents to two scams recently aimed at citizens.

One of the scams involves telephone fraud and the other car repair extortion. In both instances, the citizens did not cooperate with the suspected rip-off artists, a police activity log noted.

In the telephone fraud, a resident on Dec. 26 received a call from somebody claiming to be from the City of Roseville. The caller said that the resident's electric bill was past due and immediate payment was needed.

The caller asked for credit card or bank account information over the telephone. The resident checked her current bill and verified it was not past due.

She refused to provide the scammer with any personal information, police said.

In the case of the car repair scam, a resident on Dec. 26 was leaving a business in the 300 block of North Sunrise Avenue when his vehicle was blocked by a gray 2008 Honda Civic. The occupants of the Honda offered to fix the citizen's car dent for $150.

He declined, but the men were very insistent, police said.

To get away, the citizen told the men he would agree to the repair but needed to withdraw money from his ATM. The resident instead drove away and called police.

The scammers followed and continued to pester him, leaving when officers arrived in the area. No arrests were made.

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