By Russ and Tiña De Maris
A con game that targets RVers – could it be true? Sad, but true, in Glynn County, Georgia. A nice Maine couple was passing through the county on January 5. They stopped their rig at the Golden Isles Welcome Center off I-95 and got a “welcome” they won’t soon forget.
Clean shaven, and dressed very nice
Police won’t release the names of the couple, but say they were both in their 60s. They parked their rig at the center and got out to give their dogs a walk, 3:00 in the afternoon, broad daylight. Up walked a “clean shaved and dressed very nice,” man. He had a story to tell.
The man feigned to be working with a millionaire who had a soft spot for folks who liked to RV. It’s really very simple: This rich man will DOUBLE whatever cash you have! We know, sounds way too good to be true. But sad to say, the appeal of free cash money proved to be too much for the couple.
The wife went in the rig and rustled around. After a while she came out of the rig with 10 white envelopes. Inside the envelopes, a bit of cash, eh? Sure enough, the couple reckons there was somewhere between $35,000 and $40,000 in those envelopes.
You can guess the rest
You can guess the rest of the story of the con game that targets RVers. The woman walked over to where the “millionaire” was ready to do business. This time, she found an “unshaven” man who reached out for the envelopes and their precious contents. As the hand-off was made, the fuzzy-faced man said, “Find the queen!” When she tried to grab the envelopes back, the crook got wings on his feet, and jumped in a waiting car and vanished with the loot. Ah, the old con game that targets RVers.
And the husband? If he wanted to help out, he wasn’t able to. Two other guys grabbed hold of the RVer and held him in place while the money went down the road.
Police ask that if you know anything that might help round up these clowns, give them a call. Glynn County Police Investigator Michael Kanago at 912-554-7847, or Silent Witness hotline at 912-264-1333. And here’s a link to their official website.