(KMOV.com) – Local authorities are warning residents about scam artists attempting to take advantage of people’s generosity.
Police call this tactic a “Pigeon Drop” scam. That is where scammers persuade victims to give up a sum of money with the guarantee of a larger sum of money or prize.
Throughout the year, the Florissant Police Department investigated a number of incidents where con artists approach unsuspecting people. Unfortunately, the only pay off is for the con artists.
Authorities said most of the crimes occur in the mid-morning and afternoon hours. They said most of the stories that the con artists can be persuasive and the stories they tell are very well rehearsed.
Officials said if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Police ask anyone approached by one of these criminals to call your local police department as soon as it happens.