WICHITA, Kansas – An alert bank teller stopped a man from becoming a victim of con game.
The incident happened Tuesday.
A 19-year-old was at the Corporate Hills Post Office when he was approached by a 40-year-old man who said he needed to get to Rosewood Apartments.
The teen offered to give the man a lift.
“During that ride, our suspect stated to our victim that his brother had died in South Africa and that had left him a large sum of money in the neighborhood of $150,000 and that he was trying to figure out what to do with that money,” said Lt. Doug Nolte, Wichita Police Department.
During that time, the two stopped at the QuikTrip at Central and Greenwich.
That is when police said another suspect, a 60-year-old, met up with the 40-year-old man.
They all agreed to go to 60-year-old’s bank at Bank of America at Douglas and Rock. He came out with $10,000 to show 40-year-old that US banks can be trusted.
All drove to the victim’s bank on East 21st Street.
“He was going to take out considerably less, but it was still in the neighborhood of $1,000. When the victim told the tellers what he was doing, the tellers became very suspicious and called 911,” said Nolte.
Both suspects got away.
Police say con games can be very elaborate.
“Someone approaches you and begins talking about money and large sums of money and wanting you to withdraw money, that should be a big red flag and do not fall for someone that indicates that they’re going to give a donation on your behalf or is going to do anything on your behalf if you show them money.”