Police Warn of Threat To Children

LA MESA -- On May 23, 2014 between 4:40-5:00 pm, two girls, ages 11 and 12, were walking in the 6000 block of Bob Street in La Mesa when they were approached by an unknown subject in a vehicle. The subject in the vehicle drove up to the girls and began asking them inappropriate questions. The girls walked away from the vehicle and the suspect sped off northbound on Bob Street.

The suspect has been described as a white male in his early 30’s. He has brown wavy hair, a mustache and goatee. He was wearing black framed eye glasses with clear lenses. He was well dressed and possibly has an earring in one ear.

The suspect vehicle is described as a gold, silver, or grey older model four door sedan with beige interior.

San Diego Police have had similar incidents in their jurisdiction. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Detective Tina Scott at 619-667-7538.

Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness: As San Diego wildfire victims continue to recover from the recent wildfires, many San Diegans may feel compelled to make a donation. However, during a disaster, criminals pose as charitable organizations in order to scam people into giving them money. Follow these tips to insure your contribution makes it to those in need: 1) Donate to well-established non-profit organizations. – Be wary of groups that pop up over night to assist in a disaster; many are scams. Though some may be legitimate, the organization may not have the necessary infrastructure to be able to provide the majority of your donation to direct aid. 2) When in doubt, ask! – Every non-profit is required to file an IRS Form 990, outlining their income, and must provide the form to anyone who asks. 3) Specify
where your donation should go. – Some charities put donations into a general fund to pay for relief efforts as well as overhead costs. You can specify to the organization that you want 100% of your donation to go to supplies. 4) Refrain from making donations during unsolicited contacts. – Whether on the phone, through email or at your door, scammers want you donate impulsively so you do not have time to find out if they are crooks. Do not supply personal or financial information during these types of contacts. Reputable organizations will not mind if you prefer to make a donation after doing some research. For more safety tips on making charitable donations visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website at www.ftc.gov

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