Sat. Dec 9th, 2023

A sophisticated auto theft crime ring is targeting Spanish-speaking victims in Southern California, according to the Irvine Police Department.

Over the past year, ten people who do not reside in Irvine have been carjacked or have had their cars stolen after responding to help-wanted advertisements on Facebook.

In recent cases, the suspects asked the victims to drive cash to Bakersfield and agreed to pay them up to $12,000. When victims were lured to Irvine, they were carjacked with a gun or by threats of violence. Many of the stolen cars were driven across the border into Mexico.

The Irvine Police Department urges everyone to be cautious when answering help-wanted advertisements. If you have been a victim, please make sure you have reported the incident to your local police department.

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

One thought on “O.C. carjackers are using Facebook help-wanted ads to steal cars from gullible victims”
  1. come on we are living in 2023, everything is a scam! if there ain’t no websites or any sort of reviews. best believe it’s not le’jet. and coming from fb groups … pleaseee so need to even think off

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