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Men steal $8500 from elderly woman in ID theft scam

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Updated: 4/26/2013 11:38 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police are looking for two men who police say scammed an 82-year-old woman out of $8,500.

The woman told police two people came to her door, one flashed a badge, and asked her for help in fighting identity theft. The men told the woman she needed to go to the bank to withdraw a certain amount of money and, in appreciation of her effort, they'd give her a $1,000 reward.

Police say the two suspects drove her in their car to a VyStar Credit Union on Beach Boulevard. The suspect in the photo walked into the bank with the victim who made withdrawals from her checking and savings accounts.

The money was put into two envelopes. Police say the suspects somehow got the envelopes and switched the money for paper clippings.

The suspects told the woman they'd be back that night to give her reward, but they never showed.

The woman didn't notice the money missing until later that day.

Call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS if you recognize the man in the photo. You will remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 if your tip leads to an arrest.
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