Suspects in 'pigeon drop' scam pose as police detectives

Source: Memphis Police Department
Source: Memphis Police Department
Source: Memphis Police Department
Source: Memphis Police Department

(WMC-TV) - Memphis police are looking for two suspects who posed as detectives and convinced a victim to withdraw large sums of money from several banks.

Monday, police released surveillance photos of a woman believed to be involved in the so-called "pigeon drop" scam.

The woman, dressed in what appear to be medical scrubs, was seen on camera at each location where the victim withdrew money.

According to investigators, the police impostors convinced the victim to take out the cash by claiming a local bank was involved in a counterfeit money scheme.

Memphis Police Department spokesperson Karen Rudolph said the biggest lesson from this is to always ask for official identification from anyone claiming to be a detective, even if they carry a badge.

"Our ID's all go along with our badge," Rudolph said. "They have our name, department and the director's signature will be on it, so they're distinctive to the police department."

At this point, no arrests have been made. Until that happens, Rudolph said, beware of anyone who claims to be a detective working a counterfeit money case.

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