South San Francisco police are warning of a scam related to a sweepstakes in which the victim’s credit card account was paid off and she was asked to wire two payments to Jamaica via Western Union as “insurance.”
The scam worked by someone calling the 52-year-old South San Francisco resident and identifying himself as “David Black from the United States Sweepstakes.” The caller had her Social Security number and Capital One credit card number. The man said the sweepstakes had paid off her balance in good faith. She checked her balance online, verified it to be true and believed the caller to be legitimate. The Capital One account was linked to her Citibank money account and the suspect had moved the money from her account to pay the balance of her credit card, according to police.
Anyone with information about this scam is asked to call the South San Francisco Police Department at (650) 877-8900 or the Anonymous tip line at (650) 952-2244.