Santa Paula defrauded out of $5000 in Diamond Ring Scam

Santa Paula Police Department –  Incident Press Release

On Monday, 19, 2016 at approximately 5:15pm a 21 year old Hispanic female victim came to the Santa Paula Police Department to report that she had been the victim of a crime.  Through investigation it was determined that on Monday, December 19, 2016 at approximately 11:00am the victim was walking in the 400 block of North Ojai Road.  The victim was approached by two unknown male suspects driving a newer model Honda Civic in the 400 block of North Ojai Road.  The two suspects offered to sell the victim a diamond ring valued at $20,000 for a reduced price.  The victim agreed and drove the victim to her bank in the 500 block of W. Harvard Blvd.  The victim withdrew $5,000 from her bank account which she gave to the suspects.  The victim gave the suspects the money and the suspects fled the area without the victim observing or receiving the ring.

The first suspect was described as a Hispanic male, approximately 30 years old, 5-8 tall, thin build, clean shaven with a scar on his nose wearing a yellow and blue shirt, blue jeans and brown shoes.  The second suspect was described as a Hispanic male, approximately 50 years old, short, heavy build with light brown hair, mustache, wearing glasses, and wearing a brown jacket, button shirt, black dress pants and black dress shoes.

If anyone has any information regarding this crime please contact Detective Shane Norwood at (805) 525-4474 x 287 or at [email protected]

The Santa Paula Police Department would like to take this opportunity to educate the public not only about this scam but on how to avoid other types of scams.  Listed below are some universal rules:

Universal Rules

  • If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • A bank, credit card company, or utility company will never ask for your personal information by email, whether you have an account or not, period.
  • Never give out personal information, credit card or account numbers on calls/emails/texts that you didn’t initiate.
  • Before clicking on any links within emails or text messages, be sure to confirm the sender is legitimate.
  • Always be on the lookout for bad English and grammatical errors.

If you have been the victim of a scam or believe someone is attempting to scam you please contact the Santa Paula Police Department at the non-emergency number of 525-4474 so that we can have an officer contact you.


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