Recently in Queens, an elderly woman fell victim to a pigeon-drop scam, and police are searching for the con-artists who duped her out of $3,000.
Her problems began as she stood outside her house on Astoria's 21st Street at shortly before 9 a.m. one morning. Two suspects, described as a couple likely to be in their 30s, initiated a conversation with the 81-year-old woman.
Telling her that they had just discovered a significant amount of money in the area and were willing to give her $70,000 of it as long as she was able to prove to a bank that she herself had $3,000 in cash.
Unfortunately, the senior citizen fell victim to one of the oldest confidence scams on the books. She took the woman up to her apartment and gave her $3,000.
After promising to be right back with the elderly woman's promised $70,000, the pair of charlatans promptly disappeared.
Police are seeking a 5'5" woman with short black hair last seen wearing red pants and a long black coat. Her accomplice is said to be about 6' tall and weighing about 200 pounds. There is footage of the woman that was captured on the surveillance camera while leaving the victim's building.
Confidence games like that and others are a form of fraud that police departments like to nip in the bud quickly before more victims get scammed. If you are accused of running a con game in the community, you will face felony fraud charges. A conviction can send you away to prison for quite a few years, longer if this is a repeat offense.
Those charged with felonies may fare better in the New York Criminal Court system if they are represented by a skilled defense attorney.
Source: New York Daily News, "Crooks scam elderly Queens woman out of $3,000" Thomas Tracy, Dec. 07, 2014