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Feb 25, 2010 1:50 PM by Monica Quintero

Santa Maria police alert seniors after woman nearly loses $4,000 in scam

Santa Maria police are warning senior citizens about a scam. They say an 86-year-old resident of the Santa Maria Valley received a telephone call at her home from a man who claimed to be employed by the Bank of America fraud department on Tuesday. The caller told the woman he was investigating fraudulent use of her Bank of America debit card and suspected an employee was involved. The caller also told her that he suspected the fraud committed by an employee at her local branch.

He then asked the woman to assist with the investigation by going to her local branch and withdrawing $4,000. He then instructed her to meet one of his associates and give him the money. The victim was assured the money would be returned to her account.

When the woman told the caller that she did not have transportation, the caller provided her with the phone number to a local taxi company. When she arrived at the bank, a teller suspected something was wrong and alerted management, who in turn called the Santa Maria Police Department.

KSBY News Reporter Monica Quintero will have more on this story on KSBY News at 6:30 p.m.

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