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The Department of Public Safety was alerted to recent
incidents occurring in the University City area where the victims were targets
of a scam involving the use of an automatic teller machine to withdraw cash.
On Wednesday, 6/3/15, a complainant was approached by two
unknown black males outside the URBN Center located at 3501 Market Street and
asked to hold $2,000 in cash for them wrapped in a red bandanna. The
perpetrators also convinced the victim to go to Sunoco at 22nd and
Walnut St. to take out $200 from an ATM. The victim then opened the bandanna to
find his money missing and only folded up and cut grocery coupons.
The both suspects were described as black males,
approximately 6’ tall, dark complexion, and short hair. One suspect was
approximately 50 years of age and the other approximately 30 years of age with
a short full beard.
On Tuesday, 6/9/15, at approximately 12:30 p.m. a complainant
was approached by an unknown black male on the corner of 35th and
Baring Sts. The male spoke with an African accent and asked the complainant if
he could point him in the direction of the Tristone Immigrant House. The male
said that he was here from South Africa and claiming an inheritance. The male
said that he would give the victim a $7,000 portion of his inheritance for
help. During the conversation a second male came up and joined the
conversation. The complainant went to TD bank and withdrew $1,800 of his own
money and gave it to one of the males in exchange for a red bandanna, that the
victim believed contained $7,000. The two men walked away and the bandanna
contained only torn pieces of newspaper.
The first suspect was described
as a black male in his late 50's to early 60s, 5'10"- 5'11" tall,
with short cropped hair, short scruffy beard wearing a brown striped polo
shirt, brown pants and black shoes. The second male was described as black in
his mid 30's, 5'6"- 5'8" tall, clean shaven, short cropped hair,
heavy set wearing an orange shirt and blue jeans.
If approached by an
individual on the street who engages you about money do not engage them
in any prolonged conversation.
Never share with
strangers that you have cash, credit cards, an ATM card or show them any
personal identification or property.
If you are approached in a
similar situation, contact the Department of Public Safety Communication Center
at 215.895.2222 or call 911.