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Elderly man scammed outside southside Sam's Club

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Updated: 7/03/2013 1:47 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An 83-year-old man was scammed out of $10,000 outside the Sam's Club on Beach Boulevard.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the victim was approached by two unknown Black men at Sam's Club on Monday. The men told the victim that they were foreigners from another country. The men reportedly say they wanted to give thousands of dollars away to the homeless, so they could inherit millions when they returned to the country.

The victim says the men showed him a bag with $80,000 in cash. The victim says the men asked if he would drive them to a church so they could give the church $1,000. The victim agreed.

At this time another man began to follow the victim and the two men in a red Dodge Charger.

As victim drove the men to the church, the men told the victim they would give him the $80,000 if he could prove he wouldn't spend it.

That's when the victim drove to his bank and withdrew $10,000. The bank worker tried to convince the man that he shouldn't withdraw the money, but the man said he had a way to double his money. The bank worker then notified police about the victim, the men and the red Dodge Charger. 
Outside the bank, the men gave the victim the $80,000 and allowed him to keep the $10,000 he had just withdrawn from the bank. 

The victim drove back to his home and told his wife. 

He then walked outside to his car to take another look at all the money when he saw one of the men who had given him the $80,000 walking towards his house. The man told the victim he left his keys in the bag of money, and asked if he could get them from the car. The victim agreed and that's when the man took all the money. 

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is looking for the suspects in this case. JSO says there is a similar case involving an elderly woman. 

If you recognize the men in the surveillance photos, you're urged to call CrimeStoppers at 866-845-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous and anyone with a tip leading to an arrest could be eligible for an award.  
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Missy2005 - 7/22/2013 4:55 PM
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84 years old and had dreams. It is difficult to convince older people or the ill that money does not grow on trees. They hope to hit the lotto. We all know what that chase is. I am sorry for this elderly man. I hope some how he gets his money back, and Mom you need to think about putting the back account in your name AND a trusted family member.

Realchange - 7/3/2013 7:02 PM
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What was he thinking? They said if he would give the money to charity. He was thinking he could get the money and keep it. His greed cost him his savings. He wasn't thinking about the homeless when he did this. This is similar to the phishing techniques used in Africa were they tell you a distant relative with the same name has died in plane crash and you can get 25 million if you just send them proof of your name and split a 15 to 20 percent collector fee with the guy who does the work in Africa for you. Then some catch comes up about a 500 dollar processing fee you can guess the rest.
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