Fake cop scams seniors out of nearly half a million dollars with faux ‘sting operations’

By Stephen C. Webster
Sunday, May 26, 2013 21:11 EDT
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Police in Washington state are searching for a man who they say has scammed seniors out of nearly a half a million dollars by pretending to be a police officer, recruiting unsuspecting victims for faux “sting operations” involving large cash transfers.

It begins as a phone scam, police told The Seattle Post Intelligencer. Introducing himself as either Sgt. Drumbowski or Capt. Jack Truska, the conman preys mainly on elderly women with claims of a counterfeit money investigation that he needs help with.

The elaborate rouse ends with the fake police officer meeting the victim and taking a large sum of money from them — at least six women have lost around $75,000 per shakedown, according to Seattle’s Fox affiliate.

While the search is on, police are advising Washington seniors to view blocked numbers with a skeptical eye, and in the even that a person claiming to be a police officer does call, check with the department to ensure the individual is truly with law enforcement. Meanwhile, officers are reassuring the public that police do not ever ask for a large sum of money as part of an undercover sting operation.

This video is from KIRO-TV, aired Sunday, May 26, 2013.


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Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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