Dallas police: Alleged con man scams elderly out of thousands



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Posted on August 16, 2012 at 6:01 PM

DALLAS - Police released video Thursday of a man they say may have scammed dozens of elderly victims out of more than $100,000.

The scam starts off with a phone call. The victims, who are in their 80's or 90's, get a call from someone who claims they are an officer with the Dallas Police Department's fraud squad, investigating bank fraud.

They ask the elderly person to withdraw large sums of money from their bank, so it can be inspected to see if the bills are counterfeit. Once the elderly person takes out the money, they meet up with the suspect to turn over the cash.

The video is of a meeting that took place inside the Inwood Tavern on April 10.

The 81-year-old victim is seen sitting at the bar. The suspect, an African American male, sits nearby drinking a soda.

The victim later leaves the bar, meet the suspect outside, and hands over thousands of dollars. The suspect takes off and is never seen again.

Police say they never randomly call any one for help.

“The Dallas Police Department does not solicit help from citizens to provide money in an operation like this," said Detective Don Casey. "These are, like my partner said, con men."

Dallas police want you to take a good look at the man. He is probably local. They think he is working with others, possibly from out of state.

There have been a dozen victims over the last year.

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