Recently a victim in Brentwood was conned out of more than $15,000 cash by a suspect using the old “Pigeon Drop” scheme.
Pigeon Drop scams usually target elderly victims, so please warn your parents and grandparents of this targeted crime. In this instance, the victim was approached in a parking lot and shown a box that had been “dropped” containing what she thought was a large sum of money. The victim was then conned into withdrawing a large sum of money from her bank account as a way to split the money with the suspects. When she turned over the money, the suspects disappeared and were not seen again.
If a deal seems too good to be true, it usually is. If you are approached by someone claiming to have found something valuable and wanting “good faith money,” get as much information as possible, including names, phone numbers, license plates, etc. and call your local police to report it BEFORE giving them any money.