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Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
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Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
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The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
October 23, 2006
Albany -- Scammers often strike during the holiday season, but police say they're getting an early start. A 78-year old Albany woman has already been conned out of her money.
On October Sixth the victim was shopping in the Harvey's grocery store on North Slappey at 1:00PM, when a man and woman approached her, saying they had found a lot of money in the parking lot.
"This is called the pigeon drop. It's a variation," said APD Lt. Kenn Singleton.
The con artists took the woman to her home, where she gave them "good faith money," expecting to get a lot of money in return. What she got was cut up paper. Investigators say they fear many more people will fall for this easy money scheme.
"But the key thing you have to remember is, if it seems like you are going to something for nothing, that's probably what you are going to get. Nothing," Singleton said.
Police say these are some of the cons they expect to see in the next months.
1- Pigeon drop, like the Albany victim fell for. Con artists show you money, and most victims get too greedy to think about the con.
2- The bank examiner. A person calls you, asking your help catching a crooked teller. They will ask you to withdraw money from the bank to catch them, then take the money for evidence.
3- Obituary scams. A person shows up after a death saying the deceased bought something from them. They get the names from the obituary page in the newspaper.
4- Fortune tellers. They look for the vulnerable who will believe their act.
5- Faked pedestrian accidents. They fake an accident, then take your money not to report you.
6- Home improvements. Someone shows up at your door, telling you about problems with your roof or driveway that they can fix.
Albany Police say they see four or five victims of con artists a year, but that is just a fraction of the number of victims. Most are too embarrased to admit they have been taken.
Police want those victims to call them, so they can catch the con artists. "Yes, we want these people to call, because we do want to bring some closure to some of the cases we do have in the past," Singeton said.
And to prevent future crimes. Singleton said watch out when someone offers you a deal too good to be true. "When that person is talking with you, if it seems as if you are going to get something for nothing. Big money is guaranteed, talk about cash only, last chance offer, get rich quick schemes."
Police say ask questions of a con man if you suspect one, too many questions will make scam artists move on to easier victims. Con artists are usually charged with theft by deception-- a felony.