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Cash card scam nails another victim

In a repeat case of a common scam, Sonoma police were alerted on July 8 that a 70-year-old man had purchased a $500 Green Dot card at a West Napa Street convenience store after receiving a phone call from a man claiming to be “Mark Rogers” with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. “Rogers” informed the man that his wife had not showed up for jury duty and that he would have to pay an immediate fine or she would be arrested.

He was instructed to purchase a “Vanilla gift card” and then pass on the card pin number to the caller. The man went to his bank and withdrew $500, then went to the convenience store.

The convenience store did not have Vanilla cards, but they sold the man a $500 Green Dot card and police arrived at the store to find the man in his car and on the phone to “Mark Rogers.” They tapped on his window to intervene moments after the man completed transfer of the card’s pin number to the fraudulent Mr. “Rodgers.”

The incident inspired Sonoma police to remind residents they should never respond to demands for cash card payments from people they don’t know, and that no legitimate government agency or business will transact business is such a fashion over the phone or with cash cards.

In other incidents reported recently to Valley law enforcement:

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