September 04, 2012

News Release

For Immediate Release

Police Warn of Pigeon Drop Scam

The Springfield Police Department has recently received two reports where elderly females have been targeted on public parking lots. The victim is approached by a W/F suspect who presents a bag containing a large sum of found money and asks the victim if the money belongs to her. When the victim says no, the second suspect, a black female, approaches them and portrays herself as a passer-by who plays along with the scam.

In both cases, the suspects are described as follows:

Suspect 1:

Suspect 2:

After the suspect has presented the money to the victim, she convinces the victim that she has spoken with a “professional” (who is alleged to be her supervisor at another location) and they all can have part of the large sum of money if they pay the taxes and attorney fees up front for the processing and splitting of the money. The suspect then asks the victim to drive to her bank and withdraw the needed funds from her account. When the money is given, the suspect tells the victim to speak with their manager in a specified location and when the victim leaves to speak with the manager, the suspects leave with the money.

The SPD is encouraging anyone who comes in contact with any individuals claiming to have found money on a lot and approaches you about the money to immediately decline and report the individual(s) to the SPD at 864-1810 or 869-TIPS.

Media Contact: Cpl. Matt Brown, phone: 417-864-1786
Release authorized by: Lt Ben King

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Springfield Police Department

Headquarters: 321 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield, MO 65802
South District Station: 2620 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, MO 65807
417-864-1810 • springfieldmo.gov/spd