Pigeon Drop Scam Costs Elderly Man

6-21-06 - Two crooks scammed a Denison man out of $6,800 this week. The fast-talking con-men used an old tactic called the “pigeon scam” to trick the man out of his money.

It began Tuesday afternoon at the Denison post office. The 82-year-old victim says he was approached by a man who claimed he collected money for charity and needed help distributing it. The scam artist asked the victim for a ride. They eventually ended up at a downtown bank, where a partner joined the con. They convinced the victim they needed his money to help distribute their money. The men then drove to another bank, where the victim withdrew $5,000. The elderly victim also gave them $1,800 he already had.

All three rode to a fast food restaurant on Morton street. That's when the two scammers got out, walked to the back of the Burger King, and never came back.

The two suspects in this case were careful. They never walked into a bank, thereby avoiding surveillance cameras and decreasing their chances of getting caught.

The victim gave a vague description of the two men, saying they were black males with accents.