Flimflam artist bilks elderly with fake claims

October 28, 1994|By From Staff Reports

A thief using a flimflam Social Security scheme has bilked three elderly people out of thousands of dollars, and police are warning others Social Security recipients to beware.

The culprit is a woman who has struck at least three times in the past two weeks: once in Parkville in Baltimore County, and twice in the city, in the 2000 block of N. Wolfe St. and the 900 block of W. Saratoga St.

Each time she has posed as a Social Security administrator and called Social Security recipients to "inform" them that they have been overpaid and that they must pay back the excess, said Officer Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a city police spokesman.

"The people have been told that if they don't pay back the money, their Social Security benefits will be terminated," Officer Weinhold said.

The thief has gone to the victims' homes to collect the money. The amounts stolen ranged from several hundred to several thousand dollars.

Police and Social Security officials said anyone who hears from such a person should call 911.

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