"Blessing" Scam Targeting Chinese Community
San Francisco and Daly City Police Departments have reported incidents of the “Blessing” Scam that targets Chinese victims and results in a significant financial loss. It is likely the Sheriff’s Office will receive reports of this scam, particularly in Millbrae and North County areas, due to the higher number of Chinese residents.
The suspects target the victim (usually elderly Chinese women) and convince them to place valuables (money, jewelry, etc.) in a bag to cleanse/lift illnesses or curses. The victim later realizes her valuables have been swapped out for items of lesser value (or no value at all).
The “Blessing” Scam targets elderly Chinese women. It is believed they are targeted for the following reasons: 1) non-reliance on banks, 2) non-English speaking, 3) spiritual/religious beliefs, 4) shame – less likely to report to law enforcement.
If you encounter these scammers, DO NOT engage them and report them to the Millbrae Police Bureau immediately at (650) 697-1212.