URGENT: SAPD warns citizens to avoid pigeon drop scam at local stores

The San Angelo Police Department issued an urgent warning to citizens about scammers who were victimizing residents Thursday with a common “pigeon drop” scam at a local Walmart and a local Walgreens.

Police say the scammers were reportedly targeting men exiting Walmart. The victims were approached by a black male who spoke with a foreign accent who asked for directions to Walgreens, then offered to pay the victim for a ride to the store.

At some point, police say the scammer pointed out another man, who unbeknownst to the victim, was a second scammer. A third man picked up the scammers at another location.

This victim was scammed out of several hundred dollars. The statement from police did not describe exactly how he was scammed out of money.

A pigeon drop is a confidence trick where a mark or “pigeon” is persuaded to give up a sum of money in order to secure the rights to a larger sum of money or more valuable object. Scammers make off with the money and the mark is left with nothing.

A second scam attempt was made at another Walmart but the citizen did not fall for it. The con artists and their vehicle, described as a blue early 2000 model Chevrolet Trailblazer, were captured on surveillance video.

The suspects are described as follows:

1) Black male, mid 20s-early 30s, casual clothes.

2) Black male, mid 20s-early 30s, wearing a tie, slacks and possibly a lab coat.

3) Black male (driver)

The SAPD is asking citizens who encounter these scammers to call police dispatch at 325-657-4315 and to share the alert with family and friends.

For more information on common scams, go to sanangelopolice.org/articles/view/fraud-scams-5329f2a6-542c-4e01-84ef-0f2d0abbf8a2