Police ask public's help to find scammers

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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