A 68 year old woman was the victim of flim flam artists, but police
say she's fortunate that the situation didn't turn out any worse than it
The victim told WBTV's David Whisenant she was walking out
of a shopping center on East Innes Street Friday when she was approached
by two women who appeared to be in distress. One of the women was
holding her chest, saying she feared she may be having a heart attack.
The women asked the victim if they could just sit in her car to calm
Once in the car, the women told the victim that they had
found a pocketbook full of cash on the ground, and that when they asked a
man walking by if it belonged to him, he became enraged and started
cursing them, triggering their anxiety.
Police say that was the
first part of a tale the women weaved in order to get money from the
victim. The next part of the story involved one of the women telling
the victim that she needed to take the pocketbook to her boss, who was a
lawyer and who was currently across town at Staples.
took the women to Staples, in the same parking lot. One woman went
inside for a few minutes, then came back out. She told the victim that
the boss/lawyer told her she needed to invest the money and that the
victim would need to put up some of her money. The victim then drove
the women to the ATM where she took out $300 and gave it to the women.
Not satisfied with that amount, they demanded that the victim get more