Beware of New Scam Tactics Targeting Our Community

Dear Dixon Community Members,

We have recently become aware of a concerning scam targeting our elderly residents. This scam involves a seemingly innocent act of pointing out a dropped $20 bill, only to lead to theft and potential financial loss.

How the Scam Works:

  1. A scammer drops a $20 bill while waiting in line at a store.
  2. They point it out to an elderly patron, claiming the elderly person dropped it.
  3. The scammer watches the elderly person pay and memorizes their PIN number.
  4. They follow the person to their car and claim the $20 bill was actually theirs.
  5. When the elderly person goes to give it back, the scammer robs the person's wallet to use the bank card.

How to Protect Yourself:

  • Stay Alert: Be aware of your surroundings and those around you.
  • Protect Your PIN: Shield your PIN when entering it at stores or ATMs.
  • Don't Engage with Strangers: Politely decline offers from strangers, even if they seem harmless.
  • Report Suspicious Activity: If something doesn't feel right, contact the Dixon Police Department immediately at 707-678-7070.

Other Related Scams:

  • Distraction Thefts: Scammers may use various tactics to distract you while stealing your belongings.
  • Phishing Emails and Calls: Be cautious of unsolicited emails or calls asking for personal or financial information.

Remember, your safety is our priority. Together, we can keep Dixon a safe and caring community. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

The City of Dixon is hosting a presentation from the Solano Senior Fraud Prevention Center on September 6, 2023 from 10:30am-11:30am at the Senior/Multi-Use Center (201 S. Fifth Street). Attend this free presentation to learn more about how to protect yourself from scams. For more information, please contact Austin George at (707) 678-7441.

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