Tampa police seek public's help in finding swindlers that target older women

TAMPA — Police are seeking the public's help in identifying two people accused of conning four senior citizens out of $60,000 over two months.

In all four instances, two suspects approached an older woman, offered to share money they had found and then persuaded each of the women to give them cash from their personal bank accounts in order to receive the money they claimed they found, detectives said.

Once the transactions were complete, the two suspects took the money and ran, police said.

Detectives believe there may four suspects involved in the scheme, but the victims were each approached by one man and one woman.

In the most recent, on May 17, two suspects approached a woman at the Bealls Outlet at 8831 N Florida Ave. On May 2, suspects approached a woman at Family Dollar, at 9001 N Florida Ave. And the same strategy was used April 3 in a Sweetbay supermarket at 2903 N Dale Mabry Highway, police said.

Late last month, the suspects deviated slightly from the method. On April 28, the man claimed to be from another country and told the victim he wanted to donate the money he found to a church. The pair then persuaded the victim to withdraw a large amount of cash from her bank account to prove the couple could trust her, police said.

Similar crimes have occurred in Polk County and Daytona Beach that may involve the same couple, police said. Anyone with information about the scam was asked to call the Tampa Police Department at (813) 231-6130.

Marissa Lang can be reached at mlang@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3386.

Tampa police seek public's help in finding swindlers that target older women 05/29/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 11:55pm]

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