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A woman posing as a nurse or medical employee has been approaching people outside Grossmont Hospital, San Diego Hospice and other locations to request donations or money for a ride, according to Hospice representatives.  Numerous area residents have been burned by the scam.



Victims describe the woman as medium to heavy build, 5’4 to 5’6 inches, with reddish-blonde or chestnut hair. She is big-chested, appears to be olive-skinned, wears make-up and is usually well-dressed. She sometimes used the name Michelle or Melissa Park. She has been knowon to claim she has run out of gas and asks for money or a ride to a destination. She has suggested that individuals call San Diego Hospice to verify her story, but most people assume she is honest and don’t follow-up.


“Our employees would never ask someone on the street for money, using the San Diego Hospice name, for personal matters,” said spokesperson Melissa DelaCalzada. “It’s important for the public to be aware that there are those out there who will take advantage of charitable situations and use false information to get funds for their own purposes. One should always beware of strangers approaching you for any reason.”


DelaCalzada asks the public to report these types of solicitations to law enforcement immediately.


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