Scams and Cons | How to Avoid Them

As many residents continue to fall prey, the South Pasadena Police Department offers tips to reduce the number of scams and cons in the city.

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Many residents feel they are too smart to fall for a scam or con, but they do, according to Richard Lee, a crime prevention officer with the South Pasadena Police Department.
Lee says the IRS scam continues to be popular throughout the year.

“The scammer will call and claim you owe for back taxes and will be aggressive demanding immediate payment by pre-paid debit cards,” he explained. “No legitimate business will ask for payment by a prepaid debit card. If you feel you owe for back taxes, contact the IRS directly.”

Many other scams and cons occur everyday “and to help prevent becoming a victim, we urge you to obtain our ‘Scams & Cons’ prevention guide available at the police station lobby and online through our website,” continued Lee.
This guide details the latest scams used today and also provides tips for prevention and a resource for victims.

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The Police Department is at City Hall, 1414 Mission Street, in the city.