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Scammer preys on seniors

POSTED September 18, 2010 12:07 a.m.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department has issued a warning about a con man targeting seniors, particularly in the Riverbank area.

The sheriff’s department has received four reports since Sept. 1, in which seniors were scammed out of money by a man posing as a mechanic.

The reports have detailed a Caucasian male, believed to be in his 50s or 60s, waving down elderly drivers. Once the suspect has the driver
stopped he warns them of sparks coming out of their vehicle. The
suspect then reassures the victims that he is a qualified mechanic and looks under the hood of their vehicle to identify what’s causing
the problem. 
The suspect offers to replace the part for free, only requesting cash
so that he can purchase the part from the auto store.  Once he receives the cash he leaves the area and never returns.  In one case the suspect even followed the senior to her daughter’s house to receive the cash, the sheriff’s department said.
The suspect in this case is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 180 pounds, clean-shaven with dark hair.  If identified, the suspect could face felony charges of elderly abuse and theft. 
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact
the Riverbank Police Services at 869-7162.  Callers can also leave an
anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 521-4636.  Tipsters can
also e-mail tips at http://www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704", plus the message.  Tipsters can be eligible for cash rewards. 

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