KIRKWOOD, MO (KMOV.com) – Police are looking for two women involved in a “Pigeon Drop Scam” after they allegedly cheated an unsuspecting shopper out of more than $10,000.
“She (the suspect) opened up money in a paper bag and it was a lot of money,” the victim said. The victim, who did not want her identity disclosed, said the suspects made her an offer outside a Hobby Lobby. “She says, ‘I’m willing to give you $30,000 and this other lady will give $30,000. There would be more than $90,000.’”
According to the Missouri Attorney General’s website, these are signs of a “Pigeon Drop Scam.” How the scam works is the suspect agrees to split the money with the victim, but not before requiring the victim to put up a large sum of their own money to complete the “deal.”
The two suspects and victim went to a Lowe’s store where one of the suspects claimed she would meet with a manager to verify the money was not counterfeit. After she returned, she told the victim it was her turn. She went inside and waited for 15 minutes, but says no manager approached her.
“About 20 minutes later, I walked out and they were gone,” the victim said. “I don’t care if I get the money back. I just don’t want this to happen to someone else. They are out there. These scammers are out there.”
Kirkwood Police were able to use surveillance from Lowe’s and Hobby Lobby to identify and charge 61-year-old Luella Sanders and 30-year-old Tiffany Butler, both from Mississippi.
Warrants have been issued for their arrest.