Greedy old bitch

The AJC is running the story (presented in full below because the AJC requires readers to register with a fake email address before they”ll display their content) today of an old woman in Buckhead who was swindled out of $773,081.

Basically, she ran into a couple who said they had an assload of cash they”d found and they needed some help getting it out of the country. If granny ponied up some cash now, they”d give her $3.5 million later. And granny went for it.

What a greedy old bitch.

This, of course, is assuming granny still possesses all of her mental faculties – and considering she met twice with the people and handled a rather complicated set of bank transfers herself, I assume she does.

She”s 86 years old and had at least $773,081 in assets. The National Center for Health Statistics says she now has a life expectancy of about 6.5 more years.

Let”s be optimistic and say granny”s going to be around another 10 years. Without earning another cent of income on that money, granny would have $77,308 – tax free – per year to live on in addition to whatever Social Security and other income she may have.

But she wanted more? Does granny have her eye on some sweet place in Boca that she needs that $3.5 million for?

I”d have a lot of sympathy for an old lady who just had a few thousand dollars in savings and was worried about being on a countdown clock toward cat-food dinners. And I”d have more sympathy for this granny if she”d been taken for a couple thousand dollars because she was trying to help out a stranger.

Clearly, though, this granny was in it for the cash. If she”s in a mental state where she knew what she was doing, then she”s stupid, greedy and got what she deserved.

What the scammers told the 86-year-old woman they met at a Publix parking lot was sweet: We”ve found $8.5 million. Help us move it overseas to avoid paying taxes, and you get a piece of the pie.

Alas, she ended up losing her own savings instead, authorities say.

“If something is too good to be true, don”t believe it,” said Sgt. Terry Joyner of the Atlanta Police Department, but “there”s no doubt there”s a greed factor in here.”

Police are looking for a duo who swindled the Buckhead resident out of $773,081. Authorities did not release the victim”s name.

The scam began Dec. 1 at Publix at 3434 Peachtree Road in Buckhead, when the elderly woman was approached by a well-dressed woman who introduced herself as “Jennifer Baker.”

The stranger showed the senior citizen a pouch she claimed to have found in the parking lot — bundled cash and government bonds that the stranger said were worth more than $8.5 million. The woman told the victim she had an international financial investor as a friend and would seek his advice.

A few days later, the two met again. The scammer relayed the friend”s suggestion that they invest the money outside the country. But first, the victim needed to cough up her own money to transfer the money out of the country to avoid IRS and customs. In return for her participation, the elderly woman was promised $3.5 million.

The senior citizen cashed her Wachovia securities and deposited money into three accounts. The bank was concerned and asked the woman whether she was absolutely sure about the withdrawal of such a large sum, but the woman, who had been coached by the scammers, replied yes, Joyner said.

The last contact was on Dec. 29. The victim never met the male partner, known as “John Goldstein,” in person, but spoke to him on the phone several times.

“Baker” was seen driving a plum-colored BMW and an off-white Chrysler. She is white, 30 to 38 years old, 5 feet 4 or 5 feet 5 inches tall, and weighs about 110 pounds.

Anyone with information should call 911 or Major Fraud at 404-817-6810.

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