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Man tricked out of $3,500

Friday, Aug 31, 2012 9:11 PM
Last updated 9:25 PM
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A 75-year-old Augusta man is out $3,500 after he was convinced he was going to receive $250,000.

Around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 2000 block of Lumpkin Road, where the man told them he had been approached in a parking lot by a “well dressed” man who told him he had to give away $250,000 before he could go home to Africa, an incident report said.

The victim drove the man to a bank to withdraw the money. When the older man was asked for a show of good faith, he withdrew $3,500 of his own money.

The report said the suspected thief put all the money together in a handkerchief and prayed over it. He then left the car, leaving the handkerchief behind. When the 75-year-old went around the corner and checked the handkerchief, it was full of newspaper.

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Patty-P
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Patty-P 08/31/12 - 09:49 pm
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It's a crying shame that

It's a crying shame that anyone would scam the elderly like that.

saltine
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saltine 08/31/12 - 09:54 pm
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thief

there's a special place in hell waiting on him

jbfj
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jbfj 08/31/12 - 10:52 pm
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How do people fall for this?

I can maybe see a young greedy person getting taken, but not a grown adult with hopefully an ounce of common sense. Who gives away that kind of money in Augusta, and the better question is: why? I guess the older person was trying to be greedy too. Geez...

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 08/31/12 - 11:08 pm
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Yeah, I got to agree with
Unpublished

Yeah, I got to agree with Jbfj on this one

tanbaby
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tanbaby 09/01/12 - 07:58 am
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we have to remember that
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we have to remember that older people are from a completely different generation where everyone was kind and your fellow man didn't try to steal all you had. maybe he was just a naive old man who honestly thought the guy was being sincere. and i don't see where "accepting" money (or what he thought to be money) is greedy....

allhans
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allhans 09/01/12 - 01:51 pm
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I am in awe of a person who

I am in awe of a person who has that kind of money at hand and still have such limited knowledge of life's perils.

Ruckus
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Ruckus 09/01/12 - 09:16 am
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The good old African Scam artist

There was a be tv documentary & internet article on people who are coming into the country and run scams for a living. These scams would take place in larger citys. So beware of anybody approaching you.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigerian_scam

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/01/12 - 09:20 am
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We must remember that there

We must remember that there are still those of age (in their 70's) that still think of this world as trustworthy. They grew up trusting their neighbors, holding other's to their word by a handshake, and believing that most people are good, honest, and God fearing people. Most are what we call "country folk", small town individuals, and haven't been in the work force for 10 sometimes 15 years. jbfj, the man did not think he was giving away his money.....he saw the theft put the money in a handkerchief, pray over the money, and leave. We can read and say how stupid, but for this old man, he thought he was going to get $250,000 from a "well dress" man....all common sense being focus being on $250,000 and not the why, where, and how come of the situation.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/01/12 - 10:10 am
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How can you know the price?

I've been trying to sell a junk car sitting in my back yard. I have been flabbergasted by the towing companies and the car buying companies because many of them won't even consider it and others are offering prices all over the map.

What is the best way to know the fair market value for a junk car and the fair price for towing it away?

happychimer
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happychimer 09/01/12 - 11:10 am
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I hear that a recycle place

I hear that a recycle place will buy cars.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 09/01/12 - 06:22 pm
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Dittos to ICL. The elderly

Dittos to ICL. The elderly are the most at risk group among us for getting scammed.

pommom38
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pommom38 09/01/12 - 06:53 pm
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Just smdh

People (including the elderly) are constantly warned about these scams. Sorry, I can't wrestle up pity anymore for those still falling for it.

LL, drag it to junkyard/recycle place. Least they'll give you a little something for it! Or do like me, just sit it in the driveway and wait for everyone to stop and keep asking about it! :-) Good luck

harley_52
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harley_52 09/01/12 - 07:30 pm
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Proof Positive....

....that P.T. Barnum was right when he said "there's a sucker born every minute" and, in this particular case, proof also that some of those suckers live longer than others.

peace4784
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peace4784 09/02/12 - 08:08 am
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We are all scammed. We are
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We are all scammed. We are all born suckers. Anyone with a social security number, who pay tithes to a church, who pay taxes, who pay over $ 3.00 dollars a gallon for gas, who pay money to lose weight, who drink alcohol (poison), who smoke cigarettes (poison), who donate to presidential campaigns, etc....

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