5 Californians arrested in fake child-funeral scam | #phishing | #scams

Five San Bernardino residents were arrested in Yucaipa in what authorities say is a common scam in which well-meaning donors are fleeced by people falsely claiming they are raising money for a child’s medical expenses or funeral.

The latest arrests happened at about 5 p.m. on April 1 at the intersection of Yucaipa Boulevard and Yucaipa Valley Circle, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.

A deputy saw them holding signs requesting donations for a child’s funeral as well as plastic water jugs to hold the cash. Some motorists stopped to hand them money, a news release said.

One of the solicitors lied to the deputy about the child being killed in a traffic collision in San Bernardino, the release said.

“At the end of the investigation, it was determined it was a scam and the suspects were collecting money for their own personal benefit. The suspects had collected over $950 in donations,” the release said.

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