Sacto 9-1-1
May 27, 2008
Scam alert: Reported medication buy costs woman $100 bills

From Ryan Lillis:

A Sacramento woman was scammed out of several hundred dollars by a couple who gave her a phony medical exam and convinced her to buy medication, police said.

The 58-year-old victim was standing near a bus stop on Fruitridge Road near Stockton Boulevard at 3:11 p.m. Monday when the couple approached her, according to police reports. The couple asked the woman if she wanted to take a health test and the victim agreed, police said.

The alleged scam artists took the victim to their car, where they had the woman take some kind of medical test, police said. According to the police report, "the suspects advised the victim that she was extremely ill and may die if she did not take their medicine."

They then told the victim they had a cure, but that it would cost her $100,000, police said.

The woman told the couple she had some money, but not $100,000. She said she could go home and get the money, so the suspects took her to her midtown Sacramento house, police said.

The victim gave the scammers an undisclosed amount of cash in $100 bills, police said. She was given a water bottle and a pill in return and was told by the couple that they would return for the rest of the money.

When the couple did not return for the remainder of the money, the victim "realized she had been swindled and called the police," according to a police report.

Sacramento police Sgt. Matt Young said anyone who may have fallen victim to a similar scam should call the department's non-emergency telephone line at (916) 264-5471.

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