SAN DIEGO (CBS) — Officials on Friday warned the public about two Northern California women who have been spotted in San Diego County asking for donations to cover the cost of an infant funeral.
KNX 1070’s Tom Reopelle reports the heartbreaking appeal is nothing more than scam straight off of the Internet.
Drivers have spotted Tiffany Lyon, 27, of Modesto and Chasity Doll, 20, of Sun City, at intersections in San Marcos and Escondido.
The duo reportedly was seen holding up a sign with a picture of a baby asking for money — a picture the sheriff’s department said is from the internet.
“You see stuff all the time, people claiming to be collecting money for this or that, but I’ve never seen one for a funeral let alone a funeral for a baby,” said San Diego County Sheriff spokesman Sgt. Daniel Deese.
A quick search online reveals that the baby is “basically nonexistent”, Deese added.
The women were arrested back in June for running the same scam in Modesto, Calif., in which officials said the two women collected $640 in donations before being busted.
The suspects were charged with taking money under false pretenses and conspiring to defraud the public.