PALM SPRINGS (CBS) — Police warned Palm Springs residents today of a con artist who is calling homes claiming that he is a troubled relative in need of money to post bail.

Palm Springs Officer Rhonda Long said, “The victim believes they are helping a family member, so they send the money and then find out later that it was a scam.”

A warning was issued by the Palm Springs Police Department to avoid wiring any money.

“If you recieve a phone call that doesn’t appear to be legitimate, stay calm and do not allow the phone call to distress you,” Long said.

The police are requesting that if anyone recieves such a call, hang up, and call them at (760) 327-1441.

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Comments (2)
  1. Duh! says:

    People actually give money to someone on the phone whom they have never met before? I would assume everyone knows their relatives, so this would be a stranger claiming to be a relative.

    Did common sense die?

  2. Mary says:

    Let’s see how many people fall for this scam. Would anyone really fall for this? If anyone has, please tell us why.

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