Police Warn of ‘Easy Money’ Scam
MENTOR, Ohio — The Mentor Police Department took to its Facebook page Monday to warn residents about an ‘easy money’ scam that left an 80-year-old woman $3,000 poorer.
According to the police, the victim was approached by two women in the parking lot of Drug Mart located at 8500 Mentor Ave. around 12:30 p.m. Friday.
The women claimed they found $100,000 in the parking lot and said the money came from a casino, which meant it did not need to be turned over to police.
They added they needed $11,000 for an attorney to check the serial numbers on the money.
According to a police report, one of the women said she used to work for the FBI and for an attorney, which was how she knew so much about the “verification” process.
The women promised to return the borrowed money plus a cut of the other cash.
The victim was only able to withdraw $3,000 from her credit union but handed it over.
She waited over an hour for the women to return from “verifying” the money at the bank. They never did.
“Please be aware of these ‘easy money’ scams and inform elderly family and friends,” the Mentor Police Department wrote on its Facebook page.
One woman is described as being between 50-60 years old, the other between 45-50 years old.