Augusta police warn of 'gas money' scam

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a woman who has been begging for gas money and claiming the good Samaritans would be repaid by her father.

Deputies responded to at least two calls involving the woman Monday afternoon.

In both cases, the woman was seen in the downtown area wearing green scrubs. According to incident reports, the woman flags drivers down and claims her car ran out of gas and she needs to use their cell phone to call her father, Officer David Webb.

The woman fakes a phone conversation and then claims her father will repay the victim if she loans her gas money, police said.

In both cases, the suspect asks the driver to drop her off somewhere downtown and claims she will return with the money but she does not.

Both cases are similar to ones involving Eva Carrol Smith from 2010 and 2011. Police said Smith would flag people down near Medical College of Georgia asking for gas money and claim her father, who worked at the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, would repay the debt. Smith gave the drivers a bad telephone number for her “father,” who police said was not employed in Richmond County.

Investigators said they are not sure whether the current cases are linked to Smith.

She was sentenced to four months in jail in March for charges of theft by deception.

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