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Police log: Scammer bilks woman out of nearly $2,000

Original post made on Jun 15, 2012

A con artist claiming to be the victim's grandson swindled a woman out of $1,900 last week, police reports said. The man said he was calling from Colombia, South America, and, posing as the victim's grandson, said he'd been in an accident that had broken his nose, damaged a vehicle and sent a friend to the hospital.

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Posted by unknown
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm

What is wrong with todays society!!!! Crime gets worse daily and it doesn't really have anything to do with bart(ok maybe a little). To many people out of work so they have to steal from other people. VERY WRONG!!!! I'm out of work and I don't steal from people.

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Posted by Truth
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm

What funny is Pleasanton citizens think outside forces come here and commit crime when in fact most is committed by Ptown citizens. What we need a bigger Police force. Where is Nelson Fialo on this issue? As the city manager the buck stops with him...step up Nelson ! One less park, art gallery or human resource assistant and more cops!

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Posted by steve
a resident of Parkside
on Jun 15, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Truth, lets see some statistics from a reputable source to back up your claim about crime in OUR town. Where is it you said you commute in from? Glad BART is running again? fosho

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Posted by Steven
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jun 15, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Another crime committed by a Columbian illegal. And now Obama the great one wants to go against Congress and let these crooks stay in the county. Watch. ACORN will sign them all up on the registration polls, and the tirant Obama will tell Holder to look the other way as the Columbian car-tell prays upon Ptown citizens.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Siena
on Jun 16, 2012 at 3:54 am

Steven---Unfortunately, you are correct. We must fight this tyrant and do everything we can to make sure he does not get reelected. (How anyone can vote for him a second time is beyond my comprehension).

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Posted by Jim
a resident of another community
on Jun 16, 2012 at 9:56 am

It's about time great citizens like Steven and Joe begin speaking out against the tyranny of the Obama administration. I don't know which is worse, his accepting Columbian children into this country or the imposition of his heinous tax on tanning salons.

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Posted by truth
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 16, 2012 at 10:44 am

Although I agree with Steve concerning the un-checked idiot running this nation, I wonder when he will wake up to the micro community we live in? Not every crime is committed by the big bad black man living over the hill who rides BART here to torment you Steve. Stop low crawling around your house long enough to learn a little something new..perhaps a ride a long with PPD would educate you enough to widen your perspective...on second thought I would not want to do that to one of our heroes...I could not imagine being a cop trapped inside a patrol car with you.

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Posted by Tango
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jun 18, 2012 at 8:24 am

I had the same thing happen to me a while back. Someone called to say he was my grand son and that he was in Mexico. I asked how in the #@*& did he get to mexico. The story was almost the same as this ladys. Little did they know that I would not give my oldest grand son a penny in money and told him(?) that he have to figure it out how to get home to Oregon on his own and to get a job. Of course I figured out it wasn't my grand son, but called his father and confirmed that he was still in Oregon. These people are very skilled.

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Posted by not that skilled
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 18, 2012 at 12:24 pm

"These people are very skilled"
Not really. Some people are just easily fooled. How easy would it be to confirm that the person is not your grandson. Ask him to describe you, name his cousins, give his mother's or father's birthday or tell about the last time you spent time together. No phone scammer will have enough personal information to get anything if you just think.
Older people can get confused. But if the Kenyan email scams didn't work they would stop. Just get a brain before you open your wallet.

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Posted by Carl
a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Jun 19, 2012 at 7:57 am

What Pleasanton does not need are more cops with nothing better to do than harass Kids.

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Posted by Arnold
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2012 at 11:38 am

Why is the flood of illegal immigrants being permitted to continue? It is swelling and swelling, and we don't have the tax dollars to pay for their scraped knees and bloodied noses. The idiot in the White House, the worst president in American history, bar none, has now decided to let them into the country and share the same public tax-financed swimming pools that my kids swim in. When are we going to reclaim all that was great with this original American nation of ours? Answer my question!

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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm


I'll be happy to answer. You have it wrong. There is no "flood of illegal immigrants" that is "swelling and swelling". In fact illegal immigration has been declining for some time. You might want to check your facts before you rant.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on Jun 25, 2012 at 11:05 am

To all those who take issue with my comments I apologize. I am an uneducated man who only watches CNN and other liberal media sources. I have made my money in the private sector and have nothing to do with the public sector. I have done nothing to contribute to the community of Pleasanton but I am very critical of those who do. I now know I have been wrong and one sided in my views. I never speak of the city manager who truly controls all that transpires in this has been easier for me to voice my opposition towards the police and other heroes in our community. So to all those people I have offended..I have turned over a new leaf.

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