Police ask public's help to find scammers

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Authorities are looking for help in the latest case of a group scamming people in the Augusta area.

On July 31, a woman said two women approached her with a TJ Maxx bank bag with $38,000 in cash and $200,000 in bonds inside, a Richmond County Sheriff’s report said.

They told the woman they would give her $30,000 in exchange for “fresh money from the bank with new serial numbers,” the report said. The victim drove the suspects to two area banks and withdrew a total of $8,000. She gave that money to one of the scammers and they went to count it inside the Rugged Warehouse store on Wrightsboro Road. The second scammer stayed at the car.

The victim said she left one of the scammers and went outside of the store to check on the second. At that time they both fled the scene with her money, the report said.

Several similar incidents occurred in June at local stores. Anyone with information on the scammers can call the sheriff’s office at (706) 821-1080.

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andywarhol
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andywarhol 09/15/09 - 05:29 pm
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I can help the Sheriff's

I can help the Sheriff's office. Look for idiots; they're everywhere, they walk around like everyone else, they don't even know they're stupid. They even get scammed out of $8000.00 cash!

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 09/15/09 - 05:39 pm
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How can you not know this was

How can you not know this was a scam? Peoples' gullibility kills me. First to pick up strangers, second to belive such a story. Thats what happens when you try to do something illegal to get rich quick. They should maybe question her involvement a little further!

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 09/15/09 - 05:55 pm
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That's what happens when an

That's what happens when an idiot gets greedy. Too bad she can't be implicated in the crime.

andywarhol
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andywarhol 09/15/09 - 05:57 pm
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I'd be like, "Case close.

I'd be like, "Case close. This is one person attempting to assist in a crime because of their own greed."

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 09/15/09 - 05:58 pm
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this is a textbook example of

this is a textbook example of GREED...you are fortunate enuff to have 8000.00 instead of being satisfied and continuing to save your money you went for the quick riches and now you are paying for it in the tune of 8000.00

Dixieman
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Dixieman 09/15/09 - 06:14 pm
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"You can't cheat an honest

"You can't cheat an honest person".

zigzag
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zigzag 09/15/09 - 06:46 pm
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Morons!

Morons!

shadypines
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shadypines 09/15/09 - 06:56 pm
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What is really surprising is

What is really surprising is that someone as dumb as this woman actually had $8000 to give them! Greed will make people do some incredibly stupid things.

pizzato
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pizzato 09/15/09 - 07:27 pm
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The old bait and switch you

The old bait and switch you can't run a con game without a sucker.

sde72760
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sde72760 09/15/09 - 08:04 pm
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PLEASE! Give me a break!!!

PLEASE! Give me a break!!! You can not tell me that this woman didn't at least suspect something illiegal was going on. Really? I think the first clue would be the bag, no wait, the strangers, no wait, the cash and bonds, wait....the fact that they wanted "clean" money with "new" serial numbers!!!! Let's not forget counting cash in a warehouse.....Pla.....eze!

I can't believe she even bothered to report it. Something fishy going on here. I am curious if they even verified she withdrew $8,000 and how long she actually had it in the bank? Hum.......

sassygirl12
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sassygirl12 09/15/09 - 08:54 pm
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souds to me like if the woman

souds to me like if the woman was that stupid then she should have lost the money..i mean after all the talks on this subject how dang stupid can you really be.. if it sounds to good to be true it probably is. i bet the next time you will give it a second thought...

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 09/15/09 - 08:55 pm
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A fool and their money are

A fool and their money are soon parted. Really!

lew767
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lew767 09/15/09 - 08:58 pm
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I agree with the rest of you!

I agree with the rest of you! CASE CLOSED! I lost only $600.00 on a car repair job. Said a prayer the and Valley Rat is very luckey. I chose to let it go and not face life in prison. Count your blessings Jimmy Jackson of Langley SC, 39 Cattail st. I was there and you never knew . Bobby in SC

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 09/15/09 - 09:08 pm
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These are the same people who

These are the same people who fell for the CHANGE scam last November.

papadog
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papadog 09/15/09 - 10:29 pm
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I have reported that I have

I have reported that I have SEVERAL scam offers saved in my email folder and not a soul has been to check on them. The smart thing would be to have an email address directly to some law enforcement agency that these scams could be forwarded to. that way they would not have to come to my house to see it on my computer. MUCH quicker. Oh, I'm sorry, that might interupt their donut time and is certainally requires more work than writing traffic tickets.

methree
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methree 09/15/09 - 10:41 pm
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they couldn't be scammed if

they couldn't be scammed if they weren't trying to get rich themselves.

Whim
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Whim 09/15/09 - 11:10 pm
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I am guessing the victim was

I am guessing the victim was elderly and may not have been greedy. This type of scam is not new and people who pull these scams profile thier victims carefully and part of their tactic is to coerce and intimidate. These type of people are very convincing with their stories. It is very troublesome that someone could be influenced like this and I hope these people are caught. This woman is a victim and didnt deserve to have her hard earned money stolen.

cajunnana2000
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cajunnana2000 09/15/09 - 11:34 pm
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Sad but sometimes the best

Sad but sometimes the best cents, is bought cents, overlook the spelling but you get the picture.

GnipGnop1
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GnipGnop1 09/16/09 - 12:38 am
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If it sounds to good to be

If it sounds to good to be true it probably is....

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 09/16/09 - 01:57 am
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Who cares, they deserve to be

Who cares, they deserve to be scammed as they were tying to take part in illegal gains theirselves. Concentrate on the VIOLENT CRIME that is out of control in our area or scammers that go after innocent victims not ones trying for excessive personal gain from illegal activities. Anyone with 1/2 a brain knows that if they need "fessh serlia numbers" on their money, they are conducting illegal activities.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 09/16/09 - 09:19 am
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Only an idiot like

Only an idiot like humbleopinion, you can fill in the rest.

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