Lufkin Man with Good Intentions Scammed Out of $2,000
A scam that started in the Gaslight Plaza parking lot and ended at O'Reilly's resulted in a Lufkin man losing $2,000.
According to a Lufkin Police Department release, on Wednesday, January 27th around 3:30 p.m. Officer Hoover spoke with a man at O’Reilly's located at 1605 S. First St. in reference to a scam. The man told the officer that $2,000 was taken from him by two individuals.
He related to the officer that he was at Brookshire Brothers on W. Frank, when he observed a black male (5' 9", 200 lbs.)wearing an older looking grey coat with a head covering, and khaki pants. The person had an accent and claimed to be from Africa. The man with the accent kept showing that he had a large bundle of cash. The victim told him that he shouldn't be showing off money like that. The money was in a First Bank and Trust envelope. The man told the victim he wanted to go to McDonald's, but stated he couldn't read the signs for directions. The victim told the officer that he gave the guy a ride to McDonald's on S. Timberland Drive. He advised that he noticed the guy didn't look well, and he suspected he may have a liver disease since his eyes were yellow.
The victim stated that when they were at McDonald's they were met by another black male who was about 6', 220 lbs. and bald. This man was carrying a briefcase and claimed to be the manager of McDonald's, and spoke well, and didn't appear to have an accent like the other person.
The victim and the two other acquaintances started speaking about banks, and the subjects claimed not to trust the banks. The victim told the officer he went to his bank, Capital One, with the subjects to withdraw some money to show them that you could get your money back from the bank. . He stated that the guy that he originally picked up at Brookshire's claimed he couldn't go on bank property because it was 'unholy', so he parked his car at O’Reilly's on South First and left the two guys in his car and walked to the bank and withdrew $2,000.
He then returned to his car, and was talking to the guys about trust. He advised that the guy with the suit, got out and started walking away, and he thought he had left the bank envelope in the car, but he didn't. The victim advised that he realized they had scammed him, and the two subjects took off. He advised that they ran North on Timberland, and the cut over toward the Azalea Trail. He advised they had the $2,000 with them.