The California Highway Patrol is warning motorists to be aware of people posing as disabled motorists to receive money from people stopping to help or render assistance.

Since mid-November, several CHP dispatch centers have received 911 calls reporting suspicious people in what they claim to be vehicles broken down on Central Valley freeways and highways. The vehicles have been described as dark-colored SUVs, many of which have out-of-state license plates.

If passing motorists don’t stop, a male has been known to jump bin front of the vehicle. The person advised that they want to sell gold jewelry for money top get home, feed their family or purchase fuel for their vehicle.

Highway Patrol officials said the suspects also have asked motorists to go to an ATM to get cash for them. When victims refuse, the subjects have been reported to become aggressive and have even chased people. These reports have come from many cities and freeways throughout the Valley.

Currently, the CHP is investigating the reports and is seeking the public’s assistance. If you’ve been contacted by people matching the description of the vehicles or have purchased jewelry from the people in exchange for cash or fuel, contact the CHP at (559) 262-0400.

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