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Andy's Got Your Back on bar-hopping scammers targeting women

(WMC TV) - Scam artists have declared "happy hour" on women, targeting them at nightclubs.

"They would approach a young woman at a nightclub, flash a lot of cash, buy them a drink or two, and they would say, 'Hey, we're launching an entrepreneurial business,'" said U.S. Postal Inspector Keith Moore.

Briana Scroggiens took a drink -- and the bait.

She said she was approached at a bar with the same sales pitch. She filled out the forms to start a business, then opened a bank account with checks supplied by the scammers.

"I deposited two checks for about $5,000 dollars," she said, "and I withdrew the money and gave it to the guy."

"The checks would then be deemed fraudulent and the women would be on the hook for the money," Moore said.

The scammers essentially "laundered" the fake checks through Scroggiens. Now she owes the bank $10,000.

"What I learned from this is to be more careful about my choices," she said.

Think she was foolish? She wasn't alone. Postal inspectors said these nightclub-crawling scammers duped 24 others just like Scroggiens for $300,000 in losses.

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