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Don’t fall for roadside scams

COAST CITIES — The next good Samaritan you run into may actually be a scoundrel. The Oceanside Police Department is working to make the public aware of a vehicle repair scam occurring in North County. There have been three cases that have occurred in November in Oceanside.
Suspect(s) are contacting elderly victims while they are stopped at signal lights in traffic and telling them that their vehicle is smoking or on fire. The male suspect(s) then offers to assist the victim and pulls switches or plugs while under the hood, then convincing the victims the vehicle can be fixed by him from anywhere between $1,000 and $4,000.
The suspect(s) are described as white or Hispanic males in their 30s. They are between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall and weigh about 160 pounds with thin to medium builds, dark, collar-length hair but clean shaven. There have also been reports of a thin Hispanic female suspect involved, described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, in her 20s.
The suspect(s) have been seen driving three different types of vehicles; a newer tan Chevrolet station wagon, a small black vehicle and a white newer, full-sized pickup.
Anyone having information is asked to contact Detective Roy Monge at the Oceanside Police Department at (760) 435-4931.