Scam involving elderly females reported

Posted: Jan. 16, 2013 10:38 am Updated: Feb. 13, 2013 1:15 pm


The Quincy Police Department was informed about a scam that occurred recently in Springfield, Ill., involving elderly female victims. So far this has not occurred in our area, according to police.

The victims received a phone call from a male who stated he worked at their bank. It is unclear if he knew the bank or if they offered that information. He asked the victims for information from their bank statements and told them he believed an employee was stealing from their account. The suspect asked for their help to catch the person and eventually convinced the victims to make cash withdrawals from their accounts ($2,900 and $3,800). They met with him at local businesses and gave him the cash. He approached them in their vehicles and was only seen on foot.

The victims describe the suspect as an older white male, approximately 60 years old, 5'7" tall and 170 pounds. The suspect is believed to have gray hair, blue eyes, and glasses.

Police warn people to not give out personal information/account numbers over the phone. If anyone has any questions, contact Detective Tom Liesen at the Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center at 223-7904, ext. 104.