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Elderly Woman Scammed Out of Cash, Car

Police: “Good Samaritans” Turned out to be Villains



    An 89-year-old Fairfax County woman was scammed out of cash and her Mercedes Benz on Thursday of last week after accepting an offer of help from two complete strangers.

    The woman’s niece, Carol Stephens, tells News 4 that the victim had gotten lost and ended up in a parking lot in the Leesburg, Va., area.

    That’s when, she says, two men offered to help the elderly woman.  One of the men drove her home in her 2000 silver Mercedes E320 with Virginia license plate number 426-2000. The other followed behind.

    When they got to the victim’s home in the Falls Church area, Fairfax County police say, the victim handed over some cash to the men.

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    Little did she know, police say, one of the men kept her car key and drove off in her Mercedes. She didn’t realize the car was missing until the next day. Police are still looking for it.

    “The idea, to charge her and take her car is despicable to me,” Stephens says. “I think it’s very sad, to obtain the trust of an elderly person who is having a problem and take advantage of it.”

    “They had the chance to be good Samaritans and they chose to be villains,” said Fairfax County Police Officer Tawny Wright.

    Fortunately, the victim was not hurt by the scammers. But she and her relatives are scared because they know where she lives.

    “I hope they are caught so they don’t do this to some other elderly person,” Stephens says.

    She says she hopes if anyone saw her aunt, the car or the two men they’ll call Fairfax County Police.