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Scammers wanted for targeting the elderly in Jacksonville

10:53 AM, Jul 3, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help identifying and locating several suspects accused of scamming an elderly man.

JSO responded to the Wells Fargo on the 5600 block of Beach Boulevard June 24 after receiving reports that an 83-year-old man had been scammed, according to a release from JSO.

An employee alerted police after the 83-year-old victim, a regular customer, came in to withdraw $10,000 from his account. "The employee pleaded with the elderly man to not make the withdrawal but he insisted he was going to double his money," the release detailed.

The elderly victim was spotted getting into a vehicle with two unknown black males.

Twenty minutes later, police received a call from the elderly who said he was just scammed by two black males driving a red Dodge Charger. 

The victim told police he was approached by the suspects in the parking lot at the Sam's Club located on Beach Boulevard. 

The suspects allegedly told him an elaborate story about being "foreigners from another country" and wanting to give thousands of dollars away to the homeless, so they could inherit millions when they return to their country. 

The victim said the suspects showed him a bag full of money and told him there was $80,000 in the bag.  The victim stated the suspects asked him if he would drive them to a church, so they could give the church $1,000. 

The victim agreed, not knowing he was being being followed by a another suspect, a heavier set black male in a red Dodge Charger.

The elderly victim told police, according to JSO, the suspect that was riding with him told him he would give him the $80,000 to keep, but had to prove he wouldn't spend it.

The elderly victim said that's when he drove to his bank and removed the $10,000, to show the man he had enough of his own money and that he wouldn't spend it.

The victim said he then walked back to his car and the suspects gave him the $80,000 in a bag and left with his original $10,000 for a total of $90,000.

The elderly victim drove home and told his wife what was going on.

Th elderly victim went outside to his car and saw one of the suspects walking down the street towards his house. The suspect allegedly told him that he left his keys in the bag and asked if he could get it from the vehicle. The suspect went into the vehicle and took all of the money.

Police are actively working another case involving an elderly woman, with the same situation. 

Anyone who has any information in regards to the identity of these individuals is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

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