SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO -- An elderly South San Francisco resident is the latest confirmed victim in a string of elder fraud cases on the Peninsula after being conned out of about $14,000 late last year, authorities said.

A man posing as a Homeland Security agent contacted the victim in November 2013 and said the person had won $2 million and a Mercedes-Benz, according to police, who did not disclose the victim's age or gender. The caller then tricked the resident into sending between $12,000 and $14,000 in checks and prepaid credit cards in order to claim the prize.

The caller, who asked to have the checks be sent to an address in Davie, Florida, was described only as a man with an unidentifiable accent, police said.

The incident comes after a series of fraud schemes preying on elderly victims, many of whom believed the scammers' claims because they had access to their dates of birth and other personal information. One victim in February was told she would be arrested if she did not send money immediately, and another was told the money was to bail her grandson out of jail in Haiti.

Residents are urged to call police upon receiving any of these types of calls and to never send money to an unverified recipient under any circumstance. Anyone with information about the case may contact South San Francisco police at 650-877-8900.

Contact Erin Ivie at eivie@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/erin_ivie.