Berkeley police warn of new cellphone hoax

January 26, 2013 1:54:19 AM PST
Berkeley police are warning against a hoax that plays on people's good nature and costs them their cellphones.

Officers tell us there's been a rash of recent thefts.

Here's how it works: someone comes up to you and asks to use your cellphone because a family member is sick. Once you hand it over, they take off, either on foot or in a car.