Man tricked out of $3,500

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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