A 71-year-old woman was swindled out of $17,000 last month by scam artists who persuaded her to withdraw money from her credit union account, the Columbia Police Department has reported.
The woman met the two suspects on the afternoon of May 24 as she was leaving the Kmart on Fort Jackson Boulevard, the police department reported. A man showed the senior citizen a bag of money and said that it had fallen off a truck. He and the female suspect said they would split the cash with the older woman if she would help pay the taxes on it, the police said.
The victim drove the female suspect to a Palmetto Citizens Credit Union on Millwood Avenue where the older woman withdrew $17,000 from her account, police reported. They then drove to a parking lot at a Devine Street business where they were supposed to meet the male suspect. The female suspect said she would go find the male suspect and walked away with the money, the police said.
Anyone with information on the suspects should call Crime Stoppers at (888) 274-6372.