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Suspects Con Woman Out Of $4,500 In ‘Pigeon Drop’ Scam

Pigeon Drop Scam Suspect

A surveillance image of a woman who is wanted, along with a man, for allegedly bilking a woman out of $4,500 in a “pigeon drop” scam. (Credit: NYPD)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police Sunday evening were searching for two suspects who victimized a 68-year-old woman in Queens with the infamous pigeon drop scam.

The scam generally involves two con artists who claim they have found a large sum of money and convince a victim that he or she can get a cut. They then ask the victim to put down a deposit to show good faith that they will commit to the plan, and make off with the deposit, leaving the victim empty-handed.

Back on Dec. 12, a man and woman targeted a victim for the scam in the 114th Police Precinct, which includes Astoria, Long Island City, Woodside and Jackson Heights in Queens.

The suspects told the woman they had found a large sum of money and could split it, but they would have to pay taxes on it.

The victim drove the suspects to the bank, where she withdrew $4,500 and gave it to the male suspect. They then drove to another location, where the victim got out of the car, and the suspects fled the scene in a black sedan with Connecticut plates, police said.

The suspects were described as a black male between 35 and 40 years old wearing a brown suit, and a black female between 35 and 40 years old wearing a blue and white scarf, and a dark blue jacket.

The female suspect was caught on surveillance video.

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