Augusta police warn of 'gas money' scam

Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 12:19 PM
Last updated 4:01 PM
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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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proudgunowner 02/29/12 - 07:17 pm
I can't count how many times

I can't count how many times I've been hit lately with similar requests...they always start out with "I'm really embarrassed to ask you this, but......." I always say no, go away. I was approached in the Publix parking lot last year by a guy with a credit / debit card in his hand and he asked me if I could help him out because "his" debit card wasn't working in the ATM. I told him that the card wasn't working because it either wasn't his or there was no money in the account. He kept walking toward me and kept on talking, but I turned slightly and he evidently saw the butt of my 9mm showing under my shirt and he high-tailed it away pretty fast. I told the manager and she said that the police had already been called as other customers had reported him. This is the same Publix where a gentleman was robbed and carjacked a few months ago. People, be LEGALLY armed and ALWAYS be aware of who is around you. Don't be a victim.

wribbs 03/01/12 - 07:35 am
Anytime someone asks me for

Anytime someone asks me for money for gas or food, I always tell them to follow me to a gas station or restaurant and I will be glad to buy them gas or feed them. This ALWAYS shuts them up.

I was approached by an urban outdoorsman in Atlanta once asking for money to feed his wife and kids. I told him to follow me to the liquor store just down the street and I would buy him a half gallon of booze. The guy was literally jumping for joy. I guess he was glad to know his wife and kids would have some booze to wash down whatever food he bought.

Another point. I never stop for anyone anymore unless I know them. Sorry, but there are just too many crazies out there now.

itsanotherday1 03/01/12 - 09:47 am
It is too bad the charlatans

It is too bad the charlatans and scammers alienate people from being charitable. It really hurts those in genuine need.

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