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CHP warns of suspicious people posing as disabled motorists

Posted: 3:20 PM, Jan 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-14 18:20:07-05
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — California Highway Patrol dispatch centers have received several 911 calls since mid-November of last year of suspicious people posing as disabled motorists in order to receive money from passing motorists.

According to officials, the vehicles have been described as dark colored SUV's many of which have out of state license plates. If motorists don't stop, officials said that a man jumps in front of the vehicle.

CHP advises that the individuals attempt to sell gold jewelry for many reasons such as to get home, to feed their family or to purchase gas. They have also asked for motorists to go to an ATM to get cash and when victims refuse, the subjects have been known to be aggressive and some victims have even reported being chased.

These reports have come in from many cities throughout the Central Valley and CHP is currently conducting an investigation into the reports.

If you have been contacted by individuals matching the description or have purchased jewelry from a subject in exchange for cash or fuel, contact CHP at (559) 262-0400.