Don’t fall prey to roadside scammers, CHP warns after seeing uptick in reports

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Driving down the freeway or county road and spot someone seemingly in distress flagging you down for help? 

California Highway Patrol is warning you to maybe pass this time on being a Good Samaritan or be extremely cautious after they have received multiple reports of what appear to be roadside scammers. 

According to CHP, the scammers flag down motorists and ask for money for gas. In exchange for the money, the scammers offer to sell them their jewelry (necklaces, rings, bracelets, watches) that is stamped “18K” and looks to be worth more than the amount of money they are asking for.

Officials say the scammers use “elaborate stories” to explain why they don’t have any money, such as losing/having their wallet stolen or having a family member in the hospital who needs surgery. 

The scammers are reportedly working as a group/family and usually have two young children with them. 

CHP says the scammers usually dress professionally and are noted having a thick accent, believed to be from Romania. 

The scammers have reportedly been using different types of vehicles in each ruse, generally SUVs. The vehicles have been reported as rentals, officials said. 

Anyone with information is asked to call CHP Central Division ISU at 559-277-7250. 

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