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Community Pulse - January 18, 2008

Swindler victimizes woman, 82

A con artist allegedly tricked an 82-year-old woman from Danville into giving him a substantial amount of money last week.

The victim received a phone call from a man Wednesday, Jan. 9, who posed as bank security and asked her to withdraw money from her account to help catch an employee who was embezzling. She withdrew the money and met the suspect's partner at a parking lot, said police Lt. Mark Williams.

Once they met, he took her money, told her to remain quiet for five minutes and said he would call her at 2 p.m. the following day to set up a dummy account to catch the bank swindler. The next day came and there was no call. She went to her bank, and the teller informed the police, reports said.

"Anyone could be a victim of this crime," Williams said. "These crimes are geared to seniors in our community."

He noted that residents should not give any personal information over the telephone. Additionally, he said anyone who says they are representing a financial institution and asking for money is highly suspicious.

The Danville Police Department is holding an information forum about these types of crimes and issues for seniors at Town Meeting Hall at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12.

"When cases like these are made public, people come out of the woodwork," Williams said. "They initially don't report them because they are embarrassed. These suspects can be real crafty."

-Jordan M. Doronila