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South San Francisco Woman Loses $2,000 To Craigslist Modeling Scam

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) -- South San Francisco police are warning residents about a scam involving the online classified ads website Craigslist.

On May 10, a resident reported responding to a Craigslist ad asking for female models needed for a photo shoot in San Francisco, police said.

The suspect sent the victim a check for $1,950 and asked for the victim to deposit the check, then to send a portion of the money back to the suspect to pay for transportation, equipment and makeup, according to police.

The victim sent the suspect money, but later discovered that no photo shoot was ever booked and that the check sent to the victim was bogus,
police said.

The suspect, who claimed to be in Texas, remains at large. Police advise residents using Craigslist to not accept any checks or send payments via money order in advance of services. Anyone with information about this incident or similar cases can call South San Francisco police at (650) 877-8900.

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