Two people touring neighborhoods in Covina and other communities in Los Angeles County are pretending to be high school football players to ask people for money.

The scammers claimed to be raising funds to help their team. However, they were caught lying when they knocked on the door of the coach of that high school team.

Some residents of that city affirm that, indeed, that is the method that these imposters use to take advantage of people’s good faith.

“It’s what they use, the name of the schools,” says Ruben Gutierrez, who lives in Covina. “They even bring a piece of paper with the school’s name on it and deceive people.”

Gutierrez regrets that these young individuals are dedicated to scamming people.

 “How sad, because they are young, they are young and using lies of that magnitude. It’s not right.”

Police department officials say the suspects have not yet been arrested and are likely to continue to commit this type of fraud.

“There are people who are representing organizations that are legitimate, but others are not…if you or someone you know has any information on any suspects you can call the police station,” said Oswaldo Preciado, detective with the Covina Police Department.

The authorities alert the residents of these areas to be vigilant in the presence of these suspects. In the event that they arrive at their homes, they must demand that they fully identify themselves.


By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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