Bakersfield police warn residents of scam artist luring people into give them large amounts of money

The Bakersfield Police Department wants to help notify the community of a scam and suspicious circumstance, that occurred earlier this week. 
On October 22, an elderly victim was approached by a man in the parking lot of the Costco, at 3800 Rosedale Highway.
The first suspect advised the victim he was on a mission and needed to donate a large sum of money to people who assist him. A second suspect approached the first suspect and the victim and then drove them to a bank.
That's when the victim withdrew a large sum of money with the promise from the suspects that he would receive $80,000 in return. 
The victim was asked by the suspects to let them out and drive around the block proving the suspects were trustworthy. When the victim returned, he would be given the money.
The victim returned and the suspects had fled with the victim’s money.
A suspicious circumstance with similar characteristics occurred on October 23 at the parking lot of the Home Depot, at 4001 Ming Avenue.
During this incident, police said the suspect engaged an individual in conversation, telling him he had received a large inheritance and needed help accomplishing tasks in America in order to receive the inheritance.
The suspect showed the individual a large sum of money in a black bag.
The individual gave the suspect a ride to the 2700 block of White Lane; however, became suspicious and told the subject he was busy and left.
Police described one suspect as a Black man, 50 to 60 years old, 6 feet tall, 185 pounds with a slim build, thin face, unshaven and a heavy African accent.
He was last seen wearing a black hat, black jacket, white t-shirt and tan pants.
The suspects vehicle is described as a newer silver or dark grey Sports Utility Vehicle, possibly a Chevy Equinox with chrome rims.
The investigation is continuing.
Anyone with information regarding either subject or an incident similar is urged to contact the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.


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