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Danville Police report increase in scam calls, emails

Lottery scam, tax scheme among most common cons, cops say

Danville Police have advised residents to watch out for con artists after a recent rise in reports of townspeople being contacted by scammers by telephone and email.

One recent example was a lottery scam in which a perpetrator called a Danville resident claiming the victim had won a jackpot and if the victim paid taxes on the winnings upfront, the scammer would send the prize immediately, according to police.

"That case had a happy ending, because the resident called us to check it out," Danville Police Chief Steve Simpkins said. "Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

Other common scams include a stranger posing as a jailed relative who needs bail money from the victim or a scammer insisting the victim owes back taxes and only immediate payment will stop any new fees or fines, according to police.

Danville Police recommend residents contact law enforcement if they receive a similar type of phone call demanding money or if approached in person by strangers demanding payment.

For more information, contact Danville Police Lt. Allan Shields at 314-3700 or ashields@danville.ca.gov.

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