SALINAS, Calif.- The Salinas Police Department is warning buyers to beware after they have become aware of two different scams in the city targeting citizens either by phone or catching victims unaware in parking lots.
The first scam involves a call from a "sales person" promising a discount calling plan to Mexico on an iphone. The unsuspecting consumer is asked to send $400 for what is expected to be the iphone set up with "guaranteed " discount calling plans. Later, the consumer receives a cheap "tracfone" prepaid cellular phone with information regarding calling plans and calling cards to make international calls. The person calling and the company involved appear to be legitimate at first, but its simply a scam targeting primarily Spanish-speaking consumers.
The second scam uses a suspect "salesman" who stops a consumer in parking lots and offers to sell an expensive MTS home theater system which normally sells for several thousand dollars, but because of financial problems, the suspect is willing to sell it cheaper. The scam artist even presents an invoice for the theater system "proving " that its the real thing. Once the victim falls for the scam and loses several hundred dollars, the scam artist retrieves an impressive looking boxed theater system that appears factory sealed. The consumer later finds a cheap, low quality substitution.