80-Year-Old Woman Scammed Out of $10K in ‘Pigeon Drop’ Con

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RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. (WOLO) – A 80-year-old victim was scammed of $10,000 last month, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

On June 23, the suspects initially approached the victim at Two Notch Road Walmart and convinced the victim to take them to her bank to withdraw the cash, authorities say.

The suspects went with the victim to the National Bank of South Carolina located on Two Notch Road with a promise to give the victim a large sum of money in return for putting up their own money as trust money, in a scam police say is called “The Pigeon Drop”.

The female suspect allegedly escorted the victim to the teller and assisted with withdrawing the funds; the suspects then took the victim’s money and fled.

One suspect is described as a black female, between 30-40 years of age, wearing a white blouse, black slacks, a wig.

The second suspect is described as a black male, between 40-50 years of age, wearing beige slacks, a beige shirt, and beige ball cap.

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To receive up to $1000 for information about the crime, citizens are encouraged to contact CRIMESTOPPERS in any of the following ways: call 888-CRIME-SC (888-275-6372), text to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with “TIPSC,” followed by the tip information or go to: www.midlandcrimestoppers.com, and click on the “Submit a tip” tab.

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