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Posted on: November 22, 2021

Scammer claims to be Watsonville Chief of Police and requests donations

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During this time of the year, we can expect scammers to be out in full force!


Unfortunately, the latest phone scam to hit our area has already proven to be effective, leaving a local business out hundreds of dollars.


The phone scam involves a man claiming to be retired Watsonville Police Chief David Honda and requesting donations of $150 to $1,000.  


The scammer appears to be targeting local businesses. While on the phone, he sets up an appointment for a “UPS driver” to pick up the donation.


Please note that our police department will never contact businesses for donations in that manner. If you have fallen victim to this phone scam, please call us at 831-471-1151. 


¡No cabe duda que durante esta época del año los estafadores salen a toda fuerza!


Desafortunadamente, la más reciente estafa telefónica en azotar nuestra área ha demostrado ser efectiva, dejando a un negocio sin cientos de dólares.


La estafa telefónica involucra a un hombre que asegura ser el Jefe de Policía de Watsonville, David Honda, y solicita donaciones de $150 a $1.000. Como muchos de ustedes ya saben, el Sr. Honda se jubiló hace meses. 


El estafador parece estar yendo tras negocios locales. Mientras habla por teléfono, agenda una cita para que un "conductor de UPS" recoja la donación.


Tenga en cuenta que nuestro departamento de policía nunca se comunicará con negocios locales para obtener donaciones de esa manera. Si ha sido víctima de esta estafa telefónica, llámenos al 831-471-1151.

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