More Victims Duped by Weird Asian Ghost Scam
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Over the weekend, two more women -- both of whom are Asian and in their 60s -- were duped out of thousands of dollars after multiple suspects told them they had stepped in blood and, as a result, had wicked spirits attached to them.
The suspects employed their usual M.O., telling the victims they must go home, gather all their valuables, and bring them back to the suspects for a "purification ceremony." Sadly, the women did as instructed, only to find that after the purifying ritual, they were returned empty bags; one victim alone lost $35,000, according to police.
Luckily, one of the incidents, which occurred in Chinatown, was caught on video. It shows a group of four women switching out one of the bags, then placing it in a different colored bag and walking away, according to police.
Needless to say, these crooks are "very confident" in their abilities.
To be sure, the D.A.'s Office is hosting another community meeting is on Sept. 18 at 11 a.m. at the South Sunset Community Center to talk to folks about these culprits and how to avoid becoming their next target. "We hope people will learn about these scams and educate their friends and family so we can prevent more people from being victimized," Gascón said in a statement.
Police are looking into whether the latest cases are connected to prior ones, which netted more than $1 million in stolen goods from several victims. Anyone with information should call the department's Cantonese language hotline at 553-9212.
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