Elderly Local Man Scammed Out Of “Large Sum Of Money”

WACO (November 2, 2013)—Police were looking Saturday for two suspects who were able to talk an elderly Waco man into handing over what they described as “a large sum of money.”

One of the men approached the 73-year-old victim in the parking lot of the new H-E-B store at South Valley Mills Drive and Interstate 35 and began talking about a charity for an African church, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Saturday.

The victim agreed to drive the man to the McDonald’s restaurant at South 6th Street and Interstate 35 where the two were approached by another man, who was also part of the scam, Swanton said.

“The suspects were able to talk the victim out of a large sum of money that the victim went and drew from his bank and from his house,” Swanton said.

The two men were last seen in the parking lot of the McDonald’s, Swanton said.

The men were both black and the first was in his 60s and weighed about 200 pounds, Swanton said.

Police are warning residents not to fall victim to such scams.

“(The) suspects typically have various stories they tell and flash what appears to be cash to draw the victims in,” Swanton said.

“Once they have victim’s cash, the suspects disappear and the victim is out all of the fronted money,” he said.