Scammers Target Senior Citizens in Santa Monica

Investigators are looking for a man and woman in their 40s who have been using a red four-door vehicle as part of the set-up

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    Santa Monica residents, be on the lookout – scammers are on the loose, and they are targeting senior citizens leaving store parking lots.

    According to a press release from the Santa Monica Police Department, the duo – sometimes working alone and other times as a pair – approach the elderly victims as they’re leaving parking lots.

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    They then claim the victim hit their car and demand money from them, saying that the damage is less than their insurance deductible.

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    The Santa Monica Police Department is investigating several reports. Police are looking for a man and a woman in their 40s who have been using a red four-door vehicle to stage their accidents.

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    If you have been a victim who gave the suspects money but have not reported the incident, the Santa Monica Police Department urges you to contact them. Detective Dean Hodges can be reached at 310-458-8928.

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