Police looking for flimflam suspects

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.

An earlier story may be read at:

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/07/09/met_540301.shtml

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