RCSD warn public of scam, seek two suspects


COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH)-- The Richland County Sheriff's Department is warning the public of a scam and is seeking the public's assistance in identifying two suspects involved.

Two separate incidents were reported to deputies in March in regards to two black women scamming citizens out of thousands of dollars.

The first incident was reported on March 13, when a woman informed the department that she was a victim of a scam that cost her $15,000.

The victim said two women approached her in the parking lot of a hardware store on the 7400 block of Two Notch Road and chatted for a while.

One of the suspects showed the victim a bag of cash and told the victim she could have some of the cash in the bag if she didn't tell anyone.

The two suspects then convinced the victim to withdraw $15,000 from her bank account for a deposit in exchange for some of the money in the bag.

One of the suspects is described as a stocky black woman, with a light complexion and straight hair. The other suspect is described as a thin black woman with a dark complexion and short hair.

Another incident occurred on March 29 with a different woman who said she was approached at a beauty supply store on the 1000 block of Two Notch Road by a woman who identified herself as "Diane"

"Diane" asked the victim to open a bag, which was filled with money. A second woman who identified herself as "Melinda" approached the bag and said there was $65,000 inside.

"Diane" then told the victim that she worked at an office supply store nearby and could use the store's money counter to verify the amount. She later returned and told the victim that the money counter was broken and that she would need more money to get it working and cover what as in the bag.

The victim cashed a check and withdrew a total of $8,250 from her bank accounts. When she gave "Diane and Melinda" the money they fled the scene.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department was able to obtain a picture of one of the suspects. If you recognize the woman or know anything about this scam you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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