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Riverside police: Women drivers targeted by scammers

By in Press Enterprise on February 2, 2018

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

Riverside police are warning drivers, especially female motorists, to be aware of scammers posing as good Samaritans offering to help with tire repairs.

At least twice in recent days, women have had a man pull up alongside them and signaled them to pull over, motioning as if there is something wrong with their vehicle, according to a police statement posted to Facebook.

“In both cases, the driver was a man who flagged down female motorists,” the post read. “The male driver claimed there was something wrong with the tire of the female’s vehicle and that it appeared the tire was ready to fall off.”

The man then offers to help the women by repairing the tire for a nominal fee, officials said, even prodding the woman to walk to a nearby bank to withdraw cash for the unneeded repairs.

“This scam is definitely a safety concern but also not something new,” officials said.

Police advise anyone who is in a similar situation and does believe something may be wrong with their vehicle, to only pull over in a well-lit, populated, safe area. They suggest staying in the vehicle and calling for help.

Authorities ask anyone who may have been a victim of this scam or a similar one, to call their local law enforcement agency. Anyone who lives in the city of Riverside can report the incident by calling the non-emergency dispatch number of 951-354-2007.

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