Several California Highway Patrol divisions are warning of a “disabled motorist” scam.
Officials say CHP dispatch has received several 911 calls regarding a suspicious person posing as a disabled motorist in order to get money from passersby.
CHP says, “If motorists don’t stop, a male jumps in front of the vehicle.”
The details only get stranger from there.
The “disabled motorist” says they want to sell gold jewelry for money to get home or to feed their family.
Drivers have been asked to go to an ATM to get cash for the suspect, and when victims refuse, some have been chased away.
The reports have come in throughout many cities and freeways in the areas of Fresno, Tulare and Kings counties. Local law enforcement agencies have been notified, CHP confirms.
The suspect was last seen in Kings County Saturday afternoon.
The suspect is described in every incident as a middle eastern male adult wearing a gold chain, CHP says. The suspect vehicle is described as a black SUV with several small children inside.
CHP advises if you see the suspect, do not try to intervene for law enforcement, and to call 911 immediately.