Police: Man posing as cop to scam elderly women

5:21 PM, Feb 23, 2013   |    comments
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TAMPA, Florida -- Tampa police are asking residents to be on the lookout for a scam artist who is posing as a cop to extort money from elderly women.

The suspect's most recent scam involved a 91-year-old woman, according to the Tampa Police Department.

The suspect allegedly showed the woman a gold badge and identified himself as an officer.

Police say the suspect showed the woman a picture and asked if the two girls in it were her granddaughters. He said he was investigating them for fraud, and that the granddaughters told him the woman had money in the house and she was supposed to give it to him.

Although the woman said the girls in the picture were not her granddaughters, police say she gave the suspect $1,300, and he quickly fled the scene.

Tampa police officers believe the same suspect attempted to scam another elderly woman in the same way three days earlier. In that case, suspect fled the scene without any money when he realized the 81-year-old victim was calling a family member to confirm his story.

The suspect is described as a black male, 40-50 years old, 5'5" to 5'7", 140-150 lbs., with a medium build and a thin mustache.

The Tampa Police Department says to ask for identification from a person who identifies themselves as a police officer if they don't feel comfortable. You can also contact the non-emergency number at 813-231-6130 to verify that the individual is an officer or to ask for a supervisor.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Tampa Police Department at 813-231-6130.

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