First, a word of caution. If someone cold-calls you, says they're a police officer, then asks you to withdraw a large some of cash from the bank so they can see if it's counterfeit, don't do it. Chances are, they're not actually a cop and you're never going to find out if your money was counterfeit or not because it'll be gone.
That goes for everybody but particularly for old people, several of whom, Dallas police inform us today, have fallen victim to the seemingly transparent scam in recent months.
You can watch a video of one of the thefts here. In the clip, the 81-year-old victim (the one with the walker, FYI) walks into Inwood Tavern and sits at the end of the bar. The suspect arrives, orders a drink at the middle of the bar, then sits by the victim and drinks. The elderly lady gives him the cash. He never gives it back, which is surprising given that he's a supposedly police officer.
There were at least 10 other victims between October 7, 2011 and Wednesday, with their losses totaling thousands of dollars.
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The suspect is described as a 6-foot, 200-pound dark-skinned male. Anyone with information should call DPD's Swindle Squad at 214-671-3511 or 214-671-3513. Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspect.