Woman, 78, scammed out of $4,000 by 2 false ‘Samaritans’

The circumstances of the July 8 theft of $4,000 from a woman in Fayetteville by two women posing as Good Samaritans serves as a cautionary tale for others who might find themselves in a similar situation.

Fayetteville Police spokesperson Steve Crawshaw said the July 8 incident began when a 78-year-old Jonesboro woman walked out of the Dollar Tree store at the Fayette Pavilion.

The woman was approached by a woman in her 40s, telling the victim one of her tires was flat and that someone had been called to repair it, Crawshaw said.

The woman told the victim she could wait in her vehicle until the repair was completed. The victim entered the vehicle to find another woman, approximately 50 years of age, behind the driver’s seat, said Crawshaw.

Crawshaw said the women then told the victim that she needed to give them $5,000 for having her flat tire repaired. The victim said she did not have that much money in the bank so the women told her to give them $4,000, said Crawshaw.

The victim was driven to a local Bank of America where she entered the bank, followed by one of the women. While in the bank the victim asked an employee how to withdraw that sum of money, though she did not indicate the circumstances for the withdrawal, said Crawshaw. When contacted later, the employee said he saw the woman who followed the victim into the bank but thought she was a customer, Crawshaw added.

Crawshaw said the victim made the withdrawal, exited the bank and gave the money to the women. The victim was subsequently dropped off at her vehicle at the Pavilion, said Crawshaw.

The incident was reported after the victim called her daughter, who told her to call the bank and the police, Crawshaw said.

Crawshaw said Fayetteville Police are searching for a black woman in her mid-40s with a thin build. The woman was wearing a blue sleeveless dress and sunglasses.

The driver of the vehicle was described as a black female of approximately age 50, wearing a flowery shirt and sunglasses, said Crawshaw.

The vehicle used in the theft was a dark blue Toyota or Honda.

Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact Fayetteville Police at 770-461-4441.

Joe Kawfi
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Obviously another hate crime

perpetrated on innocents by the new racists

BHH
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This doesn't say the race of the victim.

But is anyone else assuming she is caucasian?

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bank failure

The bank clearly failed customer service 101. When an elderly person requests a substantial cash withdrawal especially one that zeroes out an account the teller should start a conversation to try and determine what's going on. The Branch and the teller have some culpability. Wonder if they select victims by what bank they use?

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SPQR - Yes

indeed, it is always someone else’s fault. Let's see it could be the fault of the:

1. Bank
2. Teller
3. The son or daughter that let her control her own money.
4. The dollar store for not walking her out to her car.
5. A disinterested customer/person in the parking lot that should have noticed that she was being talked to by a woman that looked suspicious.

But for heaven's sake not the woman herself, a woman that thought a request for $5,000 for fixing a flat tire was reasonable. Not that she asked that her tire should be fixed in the first place.

I know, I know she's old and couldn’t make a rational decision, but she knew enough to drive to the dollar store to make a purchase to save some money.

Just saying.

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Banks have what is called a fiduciary responsibility. This is no little thing.They should be sensitive to out of the ordinary behavior. When an elderly person withdraws their entire account a warning flag should go up. Asking if there is a problem to possibly thwart criminal activity is not unreasonable. You read so many times how elderly people are scammed I'm just surprised banks are not tuned in to this. And you're absolutely correct. There's a laundry list of culpable people.

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SPQR

I see this phrase, "something or other 101" all of the time.

Freshman subjects have little or anything to do with anything else!

They are pretty useless these days. Usually make-up for high school deficiency.

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What has "elderly" got to do with it?

More "elderly" people have all of their senses than not! Since no car description or robber description is available I would assume this lady was limited.

Banks give us a hard enough time as it is!

Calling the bank did no good---she got cash!

This is a police problem. These robbers obviously knew who this lady was by the facts furnished. They even knew she had money.
Cops shouldn't have any problem with this. (we do have detectives don't we?)

Since it is a bank involved the FBI will probably have to solve it and let the cops do the arrests.

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Gated entrances and exits at Fayette Pavilion.

With permanent locks on them.

That will solve these problems.

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BHH

That would work just like the Mexican fence.

I think you want to simply "close" the Pavilion!

What would Fayetteville do for tax income?

There is a police station right there on main street in the Pavilion---do they wander around?

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Police at the Pavilion

I have been going to the Pavilion off and on frequently since it opened and have never seen a police car in that complex....ever.

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Cruisin' Cops
lettinguno wrote:

I have been going to the Pavilion off and on frequently since it opened and have never seen a police car in that complex....ever.

I saw one one time...but he was cruising, not doin' much. I was in the Ulta store and watched as the manager tried to stop two black teens shoplifting. They walked out the store, she called 911 and about 10 mins later the cop showed up. Said there isn't much he could really do.

This town has gone to h*ll in a handbasket.

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lettingyou know

What is in that police station do you suppose? Maybe some majors ready to retire? Or maybe it is just a front.

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Oh nooooooooooooo!!!!

This is so wrong. They need to catch those two and make examples out of them. What low life.

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Photos of the suspect?

Are photos of the suspect available from the bank video cameras? Or should we be on the lookout for all black 50 year old women wearing sunglasses in the summer?

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Sounds...

...more like a robbery than a 'scam' to me! I bet these two black females were part of that nasty Sharpsburg crime ring that hit the Pavilion last week...