Elderly Woman Out $23,500 After Falling For Scam

CVS HealthEast Tremont

A Bronx woman says she lost her life savings thanks to two con artists.

The 74 year old was walking along East Tremont Avenue, in the Throngs Neck section, last wednesday when she said a woman approached her from behind.

"She said, Miss, Miss, did you lose a wallet?"

The lifelong Bronx resident, who wished to remain anynonmous, said that question sparked an exchanged that would lead her to withdrawl $23,500 then lose it.  The stranger asked another woman if she'd lost a wallet that contained $150,000 according to the victim.  Little did she know that the money was fake and both women were in on a scheme to con the elderly victim out of cash.

"She said, let's split the money.  If we call the cops, they'll keep it for themselves," said the victim.

That's just what they did.  The victim agreed to get into a car and follow the two women to a local CVS on East Tremont Avenue, where one woman lied about working.  She told the women that her boss, a bogus manager at the pharmacy, would know what to do with the money and how to avoid paying taxes on the $50,000 pay out each would receive.

"Her boss, Mr. Friedman, told us to all take out cash from the bank so he could pull the serial numbers from the money.  That would get us out of paying taxes," said the victim.

But, the instructions just like everything else, were fake.  The victim didn't realize it until she says the driver dropped her at CVS after collecting the cash and sped off.

"I honestly only had my mind on the $50,000 and that is all I could think about."

Police are looking for two females, mid 30's and 40's, last seen wearing a black dress jackets and slacked.

"They were so nice and so genuine.  If I saw them, I would pull their hair out," said the victim.

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