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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