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Internet scam alert victim is urged to send money through wire transfer or loaded onto Green Dot gift cards

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South San Francisco police officials are alerting elderly residents to be aware of various phone and Internet scams targeting residents for cash. In several different reports over the past few weeks, police officials have been told of scams that either offer a home loan, lottery ticket or new cars in exchange for cash.

Some have reportedly received pleas from phony Internal Revenue Service employees suggesting the victim owes back taxes. In each of the scams, the victim is urged to send money, either through wire transfer or loaded onto Green Dot gift cards. Police have investigated and found that in most cases, the return phone number is either disconnected or goes straight to an answering service.

In both scams, however, victims have reported being scammed out of large sums of money. Police are urging residents to be aware that these scams are targeting residents of every age bracket. Police urge residents to not send money or provide the caller with any personal information, but rather ask questions and gather as much information as possible and then report the crime to police.

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