Man accused of defrauding elderly people across US extradited to Sacramento

A man accused of defrauding seven elderly people across the United States has been extradited to Sacramento by police from Canada, police said.

XXX Siqinadoe, 41, is accused of scamming “large sums of money” from victims and depositing the funds overseas in China Merchants Bank, the Sacramento Police Department said.

Siqinadoe was arrested Feb. 6 by the U.S. Marshals Pacific Southwest regional fugitive task force and Ontario Police Department. He was booked Thursday into Sacramento County Main Jail downtown, with his first name listed as XXX.

The 41-year-old faces felony grand theft and felony conspiracy charges, according to online booking records. He’s being held on $423,700 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in court Tuesday.

Police say there could be more victims in more states across the nation. Anyone who believes they may have been swindled out of money is asked to call the Sacramento Police Department’s dispatch center at 916-808-5471 or the Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at 916-443-4357.

Tips on preventing financial fraud

Here are some preventive measures, police said:

  • Never divulge personal information to unsolicited requests, no matter how secure an email or webpage may look. “If you did not initiate the communication, you should not provide any information,” police said.

  • Contact the financial institution request itself if you believe the request for personal information is legitimate.

  • Never provide your password over the phone or in response to an unsolicited Internet request.

  • Review account statements regularly to ensure charges are correct.

  • Don’t click on any links provided in emails that you think are fake — they could contain a virus that will contaminate your computer.

  • Don’t be intimidated by a caller or email that threatens dire consequences if you don’t divulge private information.

  • If you fall victim to an attack, alert your financial institution immediately.