Scam alert: typical Internet scam happened in real-life

Posted at 11:50 AM, Mar 11, 2016
and last updated 2017-03-02 17:38:00-05

Central Texas residents should beware of fraudulent people who promise unknowing victims thousands of dollars for their help.

The Gonzales Police Department is currently looking for two scammers who are on the prowl. Most know the type of scam committed as a Nigerian email scam, because this kind of fraud is usually committed online through email.

However, Gonzales police officials say the two suspects in this case scammed a victim over the weekend at a local Wal-Mart gas station. Police say the victim was an elderly man.

An official press release provided to News Channel 25 says that one of the suspects told the man that he came to Gonzalez from Africa, to pick up thousands of dollars he received. He allegedly told the victim that the African government will only allow him to take back $10,000, so he needed to find someone who could keep some of the money for him.

The scammer allegedly told the victim that he could keep $10,000 of the money to donate to his favorite charity as a reward.

Officials say the elderly man was convinced to withdraw $1000 from his bank account to give to the frauds as trust money. The suspects made off with the money.

Pictured is what police say is one of the suspects. He is the man wearing dark clothing. The suspects allegedly drive a white Cadillac STS that is either year model 2006 or 2007.

Any information regarding the suspects can be given to Captain Allen Taylor or Investigator Jason Montoya, who can be reached at 830-672-8686. Information can also be provided to the Greater Gonzales Crime Stoppers, at 830-672-8477.  

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