Woman bilked in Costco parking lot scam
An elderly San Francisco resident lost thousands of dollars Tuesday in a scam outside the Costco in South San Francisco, police said.
The incident took place at about 10:45 a.m. in the parking lot of the Costco at 1600 El Camino Real. Two elderly women approached the victim, who was shown a box with what appeared to be thousands of dollars in it. The suspects told the victim they didn’t know each other and she could share in the cash if she put some of her own money in as a down payment.
The victim drove with the suspects to a number of banks and withdrew several thousands of dollars of her own money. She gave the money to the suspects who then fled the area.
Police are describing the suspects as two African American women between 50 and 70 years old. One is described as 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 4 inches tall, short black hair, heavy set, wearing a white tank top, white jacket and black tights. The other suspect is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, slender, brown hair, glasses, wearing a black leather jacket and having a gap in her front teeth.
Police are investigating the incident and are asking anyone with information about the fraud to call the police department at (650) 877-8900 or the anonymous tip line at (650) 952-2244 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.