Baton Rouge woman conned by 'pigeon drop' scam

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POSTED: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 11:55am

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 12:17pm

A sophisticated scam conned one Baton Rouge woman not once but twice.

It’s called a pigeon drop - the crooks convince the victim to help them, promising some sort of reward at the end, but when it's all over, the scammers are the only ones getting paid.

Recently a Baton Rouge woman in her 70's was taken for more than $35,000.

Four people played part in the operation and even pretended to be police officers.

The Sheriff's Office tells us this type of scam takes skilled con artists to pull off.

Captain Lee Rice of the EBR Sheriff’s Office said, “I would say we average pigeon drops, such as what was described here, probably happen about 6 to 8 times a year. Now that's not a very high amount on the person-to-person contact, but on the internet side of it, we'll investigate 10-15 cases a week."

The Sheriff's Office tells us these types of con artists often move from city to city pulling the same scam.

Click here to view the full details on the scam that happened here in Baton Rouge.   

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