Man loses $1,600 in Lufkin pigeon drop scheme

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Jeff Awtrey - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A man told police he lost $1,600 after two people pretended to be looking for an African church tricked him into giving up the cash.

According to the report, the man said he was approached by a woman with an African accent who asked for a ride to the African church. He gave her a ride before being flagged down by another man with the same accent also looking for the same church. The woman then flashed a large sum of money and told the man that if he could trust them, she would trust him and give him the money.

The man willingly withdrew $1,600, gave it to the pair and watched them walk into Sam's Club, located in the 400 block of Brentwood Drive. He waited a while for them to reappear before realizing he had been duped of the money.

Lufkin Police spokesman Lt. David Young said pigeon drop scheme artists are rarely caught.

"Most people think, 'man, I can't believe I fell for that,'" he said. "Then they usually wait a while for them to come back, and that's at least 30 minutes, if not longer, before police get there, and by then they're long gone."

Young noted other similarities with pigeon drop schemes.

"Almost all of them have an African accent," he said. "And they usually just move on. We rarely have more than one in a day. They're almost never identified."

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