Man gives directions, scammed out of money, officials say

Police: Con man asked for money to trust victim

Published On: Jul 31 2013 03:31:46 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

A man was scammed out of money after a con man told an elaborate story while asking for directions to State Street, according to a release.

The con man approached the 29-year-old man on North Sherman Avenue around 12:40 p.m. July 17 asking for directions to State Street, according to the release.

Officials said the con man spoke with an accent and convinced the man he was from Indonesia and in America to carry out his recently deceased father’s will.

The con man produced a stack of cash and said it was $120,000, and that his father wanted it dispersed to certain churches, according to the release. The man agreed to help the con man for a certain amount of compensation.

The con man said they would need another person to help hand out such a large sum of money, and he was able to waive down a woman in the 1400 block of Northport Drive, according to the release. The man believed it was another chance encounter but later realized she was an accomplice.

The con man said he needed to trust the two helpers and said they needed to give him $1,000, according to the release. The con man promised they would get the money back but the Madison man never did.

The con man is described as a black male, 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall, average build, in his late 40s to early 50s with very short hair and facial stubble. He was last seen wearing a short-sleeve black button-up shirt with gold accents, a dark baseball hat, and was carrying a black backpack.

The accomplice is described as a 30- to 40-year-old heavyset female, and was last seen wearing a light blue sweatshirt, floppy hat and sunglasses.

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