St. Louis, Missouri 2021-09-24 19:30:00 –
NS. Louis (KMOV.com)-A local grandmother recently lost tens of thousands of dollars in a scam that used her kindness and faith in God.
But today, with so many scams happening online, this bait-and-switch has happened in front of her. “I can’t believe I made it happen,” said a local woman whom News 4 calls EB.
The EB says it is concerned about speaking after being victimized by fraud. “I thought this guy was legal for some reason,” she said.
When a man approached her last Friday, she was shopping at Walgreens in Lucas and Hunt and Natural Bridge in northern St. Louis County.
“He said,’Sorry, I’m from Africa and I’m trying to find this particular church,'” EB said.
Once outside the store, he began laying out the plan.
“‘My grandfather, who was a doctor, died in a car accident and he left a $ 200,000 will,'” EB told her. “His instructions were to help them. It was to find two organizations in need of money that could give this. The church will receive $ 90,000 and anyone who helps us do this will receive $ 10,000. ” She said.
The man even showed her some cash and a letter that seemed to support the claim. A woman dismissed during COVID and attending church, she thought it might be God’s sending.
“I thought the church could use it and many people I know could spend $ 10,000,” she said.
Another man joined and even claimed to be a church butler. “I think they worked together,” EB said.
The EB says she was somehow convinced, but the man said she needed to prove that she wasn’t just taking money and running, so she drove to two banks .. She went to the Together Credit Union in Simmons and Florissant near Walgreens and withdrew a total of $ 10,258 in cash from her two accounts.
She says the man gave her a bunch of handkerchiefs, but still maintained their turmoil.
“‘Let’s pray about this.’ On the hands, on the hands, we pray for it,” he said.
After they left, she opened it and didn’t find any money, just a piece of paper.
“I can’t believe it caused me to do that,” EB said.
Better Business Bureau Lebec Phoenix said:
According to Phoenix, scammers use pandemics, but many are online.
“It’s really interesting to see the scams actually happening online and I’m a little worried,” she said.
What happened to EB is like a twist on the Nigerian prince’s email scam that many have heard. And that’s true. Online scams continue to be incredibly widespread. Just this week, the FBI warned of an increasing trend in online romance scams where victims are being told to send money to trade or invest in cryptocurrencies.
From January to July of this year, more than 1,800 complaints were received for this type of fraud alone, and victims lost more than $ 133 million.
“It’s amazing we see it, but it’s like a crime of opportunity,” Phoenix said.
Phoenix says there are warning signs that the EB may have discovered. The scammer refused to call her, immediately got cash, didn’t tell the cashier what happened, and told her to avoid the camera.
The EB says the police aren’t doing much. And, despite our repeated attempts, Walgreens never answered our inquiry to receive a surveillance video of a man meeting EB at the store.
“We may not be able to make money, but at least we put their faces out there to let people know that this is happening,” EB said. She says she just wants to warn others, and ultimately God herself wants to take care of the scammers. “Whatever it’s their fault, I hope they get it, I really and really do.”
• Someone who is urgently soliciting you.
• Those who request cash, wire transfers, or gift cards.
• Someone who wants to take advantage of community family connections.
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