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SCAM ALERT: New Scam Targeting Parents
New Phone Scam Claims Parents (or Grandparents) are Negligent
SCARS™ Investigative ExclusiveIn a new scam starting up in California the scammer claims to have photos of children in the car without lawful child-safety seats or restraints. The phone scammer demands money or will send photos to child welfare/social services & police. If that were true could result in custody issues and fines. The victim must pay $500 immediately or the photos will be sent.
While the fines are only a few hundred dollars ($100 for a first offense), the threat of child protective services and the police involvement is the real trigger/treat since even one report of negligence (and especially) repeated violations could result in custodial care of the children.
The Scammer Claims To Have Photos From Multiple Dates That They Can Send
While many parents will ignore this – few really know what the law is. So they are concerned that they “might” have violated it. This is especially true for parents in lower economic statuses. This is also the reason why the extortion demand is small – something that most people could pay quickly.
Since no parent wants to have the “nanny-state” watching their every move it appears that this is effective.
It is like to spread throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and European countries where child safety and child protection laws are the strongest.
HERE ARE THE REAL REQUIREMENTS IN CALIFORNIA
If you receive one of these calls call your local police and report it as blackmail. That is your best defense against any complaints.
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