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Bank scam in Pasco County takes $2,800 from elderly victim

PORT RICHEY — Pasco sheriff's deputies are looking for a white, blond male they say bilked a 76-year-old woman out of $2,800 this month.

Around the same time, a similar scam was attempted on a 91-year-old woman who refused to take the bait.

Deputies says the 76-year-old victim got a call April 13 from a man who identified himself as Richard from Capitol City Bank. He said her account had been hacked and asked her to withdraw $2,800 in big bills to help his investigation. He said a "state police lieutenant" would meet her at Home Depot and collect the money, which would be back in her account the next morning.

The "lieutenant" in the parking lot told her to keep quiet about the investigation for a few weeks, according to the report. The woman later described the fraud to her priest, who sent her to police.

The "lieutenant" was about 6 feet tall and wore a tie and dress pants.

In February, an 89-year-old Zephyrhills woman lost almost $7,000 in a similar scam. "I don't know if they're connected, but it's possible," said Sheriff's Office spokesman Kevin Doll.

Anyone with information in the scam was asked to contact Detective Natalie McSwane of the Economic Crimes Unit, toll-free at 1-800-854-2862, ext. 7291.

Bank scam in Pasco County takes $2,800 from elderly victim 04/21/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 9:21pm]
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