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TPD Seeks Fraud Suspects

Tallahassee police are currently looking for two suspects who used a scheme called the "pigeon drop." A customer in a Tallahassee Wal-Mart parking lot lost $10,000 after falling victim to what police say is one of the oldest scams in the book.

Susan Koetz, a resident, says, "In today's society you hear of the scams a lot, if you pay attention to the new you can't be that trusting of someone."

The scam is called the pigeon drop and here's how it works. A person walks up to you claiming they've found a large sum of money, and then the person says if you would like to split the money, I need you to give me some money to prove your loyalty.

Investigator Lawrence Revell with the Tallahassee Police Department says, "The suspects will show the amount of money that they have with them, and ask the victim to show something in good faith, usually the victim doesn't have it, and they'll end up going to the victim's bank."

And as you run to the ATM and give the person your money, a number of things could follow; the suspect could make off with your cash right then or you could go home and wait for a phone call hoping for your big payoff, only to find out it never comes.

Resident Bernard Peters says, "There's no way you can come tell me let's go to my bank, give you some money because I can get some money from you later, after a phone call. It ain't happening."

One of the suspects in this scam went by the name "Susie." She is described as a white female, 5’6” tall with a thin build in her 30s. She was last seen wearing an olive green shirt, dark pants and glasses.

Another is a Hispanic male, 5'10”, with an average build. He has dark spiked hair and went by the name "Joe." If you have any information you're urged to call the Tallahassee Police Department at 891-HELP.


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