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TOWN OF HAMBURG WARNS OF SCAM ARTISTS POLICE SAY TWO WOMEN OPERATING 'PIGEON DROP' SWINDLE AT MCKINLEY MALL

Several scam artists are at work in the Town of Hamburg and residents should be aware, police warned Wednesday.

Two women have been operating a "pigeon drop" scam at the McKinley Mall, according to Detective Michael Williams.

The women, described only as black and in their 30s, will approach a stranger, usually another woman, and display a wad of money in a handkerchief and ask the victim to hold the money for them.

"They're good, they'll come up with some story and make it sound believable," Williams said.

The con artists will tell the victim to hold out her purse and they'll drop in the money. But when they withdraw the handkerchief, it likely contains the victim's wallet or other valuables and, of course, there is no money left behind.

There also have been several reports of a quick-change artist operating at restaurants.

The culprit, described only as a black man, will buy something with a $50 bill and then ask for change for another $50 and attempt to confuse the cashier and walk off with more money than he started with.

The man was unsuccessful at a Camp Road restaurant early Wednesday and reportedly has tried the same scam at other area restaurants, Williams said.

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