Beware of Being Scammed in Parking Lots


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News Release: 2013/218/0186/LHC/(3)
August 9, 2013

 

Beware of Being Scammed in Parking Lots

                McLean Police District – Detectives are warning residents about a regional scam that involves fraudulent financial interactions taking place in public parking lots.

            On Tuesday, August 6 a 68-year-old man was approached by two men in the parking lot of the Home Depot in the Merrifield area at around 3 p.m. The man asked for help and directions. As the conversation continued, the victim eventually was convinced to withdraw a large sum of money from the bank which was subsequently taken from the victim.

            In another recent case, Monday August 5, a 30-year-old man was approached in a parking lot of another Home Depot in the Seven Corners area at around 3 p.m. The suspect asked the victim for a ride into Washington, D.C. and showed him large amounts of cash. The victim agreed to give him a ride and they engaged in lengthy discussions during the drive. The suspect convinced the victim to withdraw money from an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) and, after discussions concerning the safety of U.S. banking institutions and “trust”, the suspect walked away with $9000.00 that the victim had given him.

            In both cases, suspects are described as black with a Jamaican or heavy foreign accents. Age descriptions range from 40’s up to 60’s.

            Montgomery County Police (Maryland) issued a news release on August 8 that highlights two similar parking lot scams. Detectives are not definitively linking the cases, however, the circumstances are similar and residents should take precautions and be wary of strangers in parking lots.

            Police refer to these types of scams as “confidence schemes.” The suspect(s) gain the victim’s trust and confidence in order to defraud the victim of money. The suspects are often described as intimidating and victims can feel threatened by suspects. In other cases, victims are embarrassed at being duped and reluctant to contact police.

            Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.



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