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Scammers Targeting Elderly Shoppers in Parking Lots

By Bay City News

Elderly shoppers in El Cerrito are being targeted by scam artists, police said. Shoppers reported three incidents Friday involving scam artists attempting to trick drivers into thinking they hit them with their cars.

They all occurred in shopping centers. The suspects are all women, the youngest being in her late 30s and the oldest being about 80 years old. A 2003 Honda CR-V is believed to have been used as a getaway vehicle by two suspects in one of the incidents near a Safeway.

The El Cerrito Police Department is urging residents to look out for scams, especially during the holidays.
Jill Binker December 14, 2013 at 06:22 PM
This would have been more helpful if it has explained what the scam IS. What are they after? What do they say? What are the red flags that it's a scam and you aren't about to be guilty of a hit-and-run?
Lois Peterson December 15, 2013 at 11:10 AM
I have a friend who this happened to in San Mateo. She said a "young woman" suddenly pulled up behind her as she was slowly backing out of her parking space. The other car looked totally smashed in. The woman said "Look what YOU did!" - and proceeded to get insurance information from my friend. My friend was upset and "just wanted to get away from the woman. My friend will be 100 in January and is a good driver - no longer on the freeways. My friend's insurance company sent an appraiser to look at her car - determined that she couldn't have done the "supposed" damage - my friend's car had "not a scratch on it". However, she says that the other woman's car will be fixed - and her insurance rates will go up in January. I am going to let my friend know about these El Cerrito scams. When she was telling us about this - we all responded this was a SCAM.


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