Scam Alert: Elderly Females Targeted Near Forest and Marsh

The Dallas Police Department would like to alert the community about two scam incidents that occurred this week in which elderly female victims were targeted. 

On June 20, 2016 at about 1:45 p.m., the victim, who is a 69-year-old female, was approached in the ALDI parking lot in the 3100 block of Forest Lane by a Latin male and Latin female suspect. The male suspect introduced himself and explained that he was an illegal alien and he had just won the lottery. He told the victim he was unable to collect the money because of his status. He said he had a relative willing to collect the money for him, but he needed $20,000 in cash to give as front money for the “relative” to collect the winnings. The suspects promised to pay the victim back after they collected the lottery money. The victim gave the suspects the money. The suspects told the victim they were going to Subway before heading to the lottery office. When the suspects did not return, the victim went into Subway looking for them. She quickly realized she had been scammed, and asked the Subway employee to call for police. This offense is documented on case number 149362-2016.

On June 21, 2016, the victim, an 83-year-old female, met the suspects in the Marshall’s parking lot in the 3600 block of Forest Lane. The victim intended to give the suspects, a Black male and female, a ride because it was too hot to be walking.  The female suspect told the victim that she got money from her late uncle and that she was going to donate the money to a Baptist church.  The suspect continued to talk to the victim later asking the victim to withdraw money from her investment account.  The victim withdrew $20,000 from her investment account.  The assistant manager at the bank told the victim that it sounded like a scam and to be careful with her money. The victim walked out of the bank and handed the money to the two suspects, who stated they would give the victim a portion of the inheritance from their late uncle once they received it. The suspects told the victim that they were going to go eat at Braums and they would be back. The suspects never returned and left with the victim’s money. This offense is documented on case number 150246-2016. 

This is a reminder, please do not give money to anyone you do not know. If you are approached by an individual asking for a large amount of money, please do not engage them and call police to report the suspicious activity. Please alert any elderly family members, friends, or neighbors to this scam so they do not become a victim.