NAPLES, Fla. - Scammers strike again! An 88-year-old woman is out thousands of dollars. She fell for it, and fears the thief will pull the scheme on someone else.
"I don't know how she picked me!"
Doris Pells hadn't even gotten out of her car in the Park Shore Plaza when the thief came up to her.
"Is this bank bag yours, did you drop something," Pells says the woman asked her. The lady, who Pells estimates to be in her 50s, said the bag had $150,000 dollars in it.
"She just kept saying oh I can't believe it, I can't believe it, like she was having a heart attack because she found this much money."
Pells had no reason to doubt the woman after she peaked inside and saw stacks of $100 bills.
The 88-year-old works at McDonald's for cash and lives off a small pension from her late husband. She tells WINK News she thought this would be a chance to make a few extra dollars.
The scammer and her boss offered to split the cash if Pells could help them open an account for it.
"He wanted me to give him $9,000," she explains.
With only $2,500 in her savings, Pells took the woman to her bank to withdraw it. The bank bag went in Pells' trunk.
The two crooks were to come to her house later that night to get more money, but they never showed. That's when Pells opened the bag in her trunk.
"I took a fat knife, one of my good old knives I depend on, I just cut the fabric till is see what was in there."
Inside, not a dime. Instead, recipe cards and news paper.
Naples Police took the bank bags for fingerprinting; however, Pells hopes surveillance cameras outside her bank may have caught a glimpse of the woman.
"Oh, I'd be so tickled if they caught her, oh man would I like to face her again."