San Gabriel residents Du Mingyang and Zhao Ocean were arrested at the Starbucks at Atlantic and Valley boulevards in Alhambra on charges of identity theft, check swindling, and providing false information to the police, World Journal (世界日報)reports.
The suspects alleged scam involved promising “fast loan” and “fast cash” to those in urgent need of money, writes reporter Luo Shuxian. After obtaining victims’ personal information, bank account number, check, and password, the swindlers withdrew money from the victims’ bank account using checks.
Monterey Park Police Department spokeswoman Carrie Mazeline told the Journal that residents are vulnerable to scams due to economic pressures. But they need to be careful about releasing personal information when seeking loan and financial assistance. As lawyer Deng Hong points out, those who fall into difficult financial situations due to gambling and unemployment are usually the easy targets for check fraud.
Anyone with information can contact the Monterey Park Police at (626) 307-1211.