Salisbury woman scammed out of cash

  • Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013 11:43 a.m.

Authorities say a Salisbury woman was scammed out of $300 by two people who “found” money in a lost purse and needed additional money to “invest” it.

The woman, who is not being named, was at the Dollar General store located not far from the Salisbury Mall on Friday afternoon when she was approached by two women. The women said they’d found a purse that had money inside and asked a passerby if the purse belonged to him. The passerby, a man, cursed at the two women, they said.

One of the women kept clutching her chest “as if she were having a heart attack,” a Salisbury Police report said.

The two women asked the Salisbury woman if they could sit inside her vehicle to “calm down.” The women showed the 68-year-old victim the purse with the money inside.

Salisbury Police investigators say the scammers asked her if they could get a ride to Staples on Faith Road in order to make a phone call. One of the scammers told the victim her boss was a lawyer and he’d know what to do with the money. The victim drove the two women to Staples, where they went inside.

The women told the victim the lawyer said the money should be invested, but they needed some money up front.

The victim told investigators she was intimidated into taking the women to an ATM where she withdrew $300 from her account. The scammers asked if she could get more and the victim told them no. The victim was forced to drive the two back to Staples. The victim, armed with her keys in hand, went inside Staples and left the two women in her car. When the victim returned the two women were gone.

It is unclear the connection to Staples, said Police Capt. Shelia Lingle. The women may have parked a getaway car or perhaps it was closer to the interstate, Lingle said.

No arrest has been made at this time.

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