Santa Monica detectives are investigating several reports in which seniors have been targeted in elder abuse scams in which the suspect or suspects stage minor traffic accidents and demand money for bogus repairs.

SMPD Sgt. Jay Moroso said the scams involve one or two suspects and take place in store parking lots. The suspects will approach seniors as they are leaving the lot and claim that they hit their car. The suspects demand money, claiming the damage is less than the insurance deductible.

Police have noted that the suspects sometimes work alone or in pairs. The suspects are described as a male and female in their 40s and have used a red four-door vehicle to stage their accidents.

The SMPD is trying to locate any additional victims who gave the suspects money, but did not report it to police. Anyone who has information is urged to contact detectives at (310) 458-8928.

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