Police looking for flimflam suspects

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Richmond County Investigators are looking for two men responsible for using a flimflam scheme to trick a man out of $2,000.

Last Wednesday the men approached the victim in the Augusta Mall and told him they needed him to carry a large amount of money for them, according to Richmond County Sheriff’s Investigator Aaron Hannsz.

The men said the victim needed to prove that he had a bank account first so they went with him to the First Citizens Bank on Walton Way Extension and had him remove $2,000 from his account. One of the suspects put the cash into a cloth that supposedly held the other money, tied it, and then handed it to the victim for safe-keeping, a sheriff’s report said.

When the victim opened it later, all he found were pieces of newspaper. Investigator Hannsz said the sheriff’s office has been getting about one or two cases a month of people being tricked in some sort of scheme.

“Basically if someone approaches with a bundle of money trying to get you to give them money or take them to a bank, it’s a scam,” he said.

Anyone with information on the suspects can call the sheriff’s office at (706) 821-1080.

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daperdoo 11/10/09 - 01:23 pm
The victim should be charged

The victim should be charged with the schemers on aiding and abiding a crime... Any one taking money from someone to hold and hide or to put through their bank account should be held accountable for their part as IF they were actually trying to hide money or launder money THAT is a crime and that's basically what they are telling you to do!!!

HHSgrad 11/10/09 - 03:32 pm
Who was be this dumb as to

Who was be this dumb as to "hold money" for strangers?? This is absolutely ridiculous.

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