SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The family of John Nelson Beck of Alameda, who went missing in Oakland last week, posted flyers along the coast and a video on Facebook in an effort to locate the 73-year-old man who owed the government millions.

“He had so much love in his life,” Beck’s daughter, Laura, told KPIX.

His daughter says Beck was supposed to see his lawyer last Tuesday. Instead, he did a Google search for public transportation to Lands End in San Francisco.

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His family believes this photo on Instagram shows missing Alameda real-estate promoter John Beck at San Francisco’s Lands End. (Instagram)

For years, Beck’s infomercials pushing “John Beck’s Free & Clear Real Estate System,” were a staple of late night TV. He claimed you could get rich buying houses for almost nothing. The Federal Trade commission said those claims were fraudulent and a U.S. Central California court in Los Angeles ordered him to pay nearly $113 million.

Beck’s family told KPIX they believe John is in trouble and is not in hiding.

Anyone with information should call Alameda police at (510) 337-8340.


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