Elderly Targeted for Gold Bar Scam in Alameda County, Deputies Need to Identify Suspect

Published by on January 25, 2014

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The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to beware of a scam targeting the elderly in which the con artist claims to be raising money for a sick relative by selling gold bars.

According to the sheriff’s office, the suspect approaches the victim and says his family needs money to care for a sick relative and that he is willing to sell the gold bars to pay for medical expenses.

The victims have withdrawn thousands of dollars each in exchange for the gold bars, which are counterfeit and worthless, according to the sheriff’s office. Investigators are working to identify at least one suspect who was captured on surveillance footage.

The sheriff’s office said the scam is not unique to Alameda County and is being committed largely against the elderly in cities throughout the Bay Area and Southern California.

Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text us at 408-355-0999 or CLICK HERE to send a confidential email tip, if you know the names of these suspects or have any information that can help solve these crimes.

Por favor llame la línea de Los Fugitivos en 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) o texto en 408-355-0999 o haga clic aquí para enviar un email a [email protected], si usted tiene alguna información que pueda ayudar a resolver este crimen.

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