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.

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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.

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


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