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Police looking for scam artists

February 7, 2005

Sylvester-Sylvester police investigators say a man is preying on people posing as someone visiting from another country.

He and his accomplice told an elderly Sylvester man they were collecting money to donate to needy children and would let him distribute it.

The victim withdrew money from two banks, but the others only pretended to withdraw theirs. When the man got home all he had was a bag full of newspaper clippings.

"If we know this is going on maybe we can catch these people and put a stop to them taking people for their money," says Chief Tony Strenth.

"Anybody in the area that's claiming to be an organization trying to collect money, call us and we can verify that organization make sure they're legitimate," says detective Kevin Parton.

Both men are described as black males between 35 and 40 years old. They were last seen in a 2005 Dodge grand caravan. It has a New Jersey license plate with the number RLP 20A.

Posted at 6:25 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com