Scam

(CBS)

SF Residents Warned Of People Impersonating Police In Phone Scams

San Francisco police are warning the public about a telephone scam in which people are impersonating police officers and demanding payments for overdue loan debts or traffic tickets.

09/26/2013

A gopher snake tastes the air with its tongue. (David McNew/Getty Images)

‘Snake Scam’ Burglars Slither Into Peninsula Cities

A notorious “snake scam” has slithered its way into San Mateo and Burlingame, prompting police there to join the hunt.

08/29/2013

An Oakland Police patrol car. (CBS)

Oakland Residents Warned Of Burglars Posing As Utility Workers After Elderly Couple Robbed

Police were urging residents to be on the lookout for individuals posing as utility workers following a burglary in Oakland’s Crocker Highlands neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon.

08/22/2013

Crime Scene

Mountain View Police Seek More Victims Of Online ‘Blind Date’ Robbers

Mountain View police are searching for potential victims of three teenagers arrested Thursday who allegedly lured victims on blind dates to rob them.

08/11/2013

Broken Glass, window, burglary, generic, crime scene

Washington Man Robbed, Beaten After Being Lured To Bay Area For Watch Sale

A man who had come to San Francisco to sell an expensive watch to an online bidder was beaten and robbed near the Alemany Farmers’ Market site on Tuesday evening, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

08/07/2013

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ConsumerWatch: ‘Spoofing’ Of Phone Numbers On The Rise

In a crime known as “spoofing,” an increasing number of crooks and con artists are passing off other people’s phone numbers as their own to help them pull off scams.

05/29/2013

The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Show

ConsumerWatch: Beware Canceled Tickets Being Sold Online

Consumers who buy tickets for concerts and sporting events through third party venders like Craigslist are taking the risk that those tickets are worthless. That’s because…

05/16/2013

(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

ConsumerWatch: Scammers Finding New Ways To Target Gift Cards

Consumers may want to think twice before purchasing gift cards. A new scam proves that crooks are getting more sophisticated and the old protections just aren’t working any more.

04/30/2013

(CBS)

Enrollment Scam Robs Contra Costa College Of Financial Aid Money

Once the students picked up their financial aid checks, they managed to either stop enrollment or withdrew from class without the college realizing it, and pocketed nearly $3,000 each.

04/15/2013

Rolk Olsen home theater system. (CBS)

ConsumerWatch: Con Artists Selling Fake High-End Audio Gear

Con artists are rolling through the Bay Area, offering to sell seemingly high-quality electronics for dirt cheap prices. People who fall for it could end up with a box full of poor quality audio equipment, or in some cases, nothing at all.

04/12/2013

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