NORTH BETHESDA, Md. – The crooks use confusion and intimidation to force a rash decision from their victims.
Con artists are targeting senior citizens in North Bethesda, according to Montgomery County police.
Police have issued an alert, and offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to those responsible.
A 77-year-old man was approached by two suspects this week in the Montrose Crossing Shopping Center in North Bethesda. They convinced him to withdraw cash and hand them $10,000 of his own money.
“It really hurts,” the victim told NBC4. “It just makes you feel like you don’t want to trust anybody. I can’t believe I was that gullible.”
Just last month a 68-year-old woman was conned out of $1,700 by two men.
Police say the men told the unsuspecting woman they’d invest her money, and she’d get a return of $400,000.
Authorities urge everyone to avoid strangers who approach them with financial offers.
Anyone who thinks he may have been a victim of a similar crime is asked to call police at 240-773-6330.
Those with information about this crime are urged to call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip anonymously to the Crime Solvers website.
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