Men bilk elderly lady out of cash

Published 11:31 pm Wednesday, December 23, 2009

An elderly Selma woman reported to the police department two men between the ages of 30 and 50 came to her residence on and took her cash.

Authorities said the two men told her they were there to help the elderly. The suspects told the woman there is a large amount of counterfeit money going around and then asked her if she had any cash money.

They said they would check the money for her to examine if it was counterfeit.

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When she showed them her cash, they told her it was indeed counterfeit.

She gave them the money and they handed her an envelope with what she beloved was the equivalent amount in non-counterfeit cash and told her to take it to the bank.

When she opened the envelope, she discovered it did not contain money, but instead cut up paper, said Lt. David Evans, spokesman for the Selma Police Department.

The two con artists took more than $800 from the victim.

Evans said police urge everyone to always pay attention for scam artists, especially this time of the year.

Thieves are looking extensively this time of year because they know people save during the year for the holiday season, he said.

To prevent from becoming a victim of a scam, police strongly suggest that if anyone comes to your house and offers you anything, and you are the least bit skeptical or you don’t know them, call the police and they’ll check them out.