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Phony promise of Playboy mansion party lures guards into scam

November 2, 2009 |  5:27 pm

Ktla_newsN2 Here's one of the stories that KTLA-TV Channel 5 is planning for its 10 p.m. news broadcast:

PLAYBOY SCAM: A group of would-be security guards in the High Desert are fuming over a scam that involved the false promise of work at the Playboy mansion in the Holmby Hills recently. According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, a number of people were "recruited" to work as security guards at a party allegedly being thrown by Playboy magazine founder Hugh M. Hefner. The victims were told they'd have to pay $225 up front for their security uniforms and passes. Those who agreed were told to meet at a Denny's restaurant in the 14200 block of Valley Center Drive. When nobody showed up to take them to the Playboy mansion, the victims realized they'd been swindled. Reporter Brandon Rudat talks to one of the victims.