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Scammer hits 2 homes in Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WISH) — Police say a scammer has hit again.

Police shared a photo of the man who is a suspect. Officers say he has gone to at least two homes pretending to be an employee for an attorney that was representing a family member of a victim. The victim’s family members were impersonated over the phone.

The suspect made off with $10,000 each time.

Police say the scammer used the phone number 646-741-8382 in both scams.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

News release

“Another elderly person was scammed out of 10,000 dollars by the same scammer. This occurred April 25, 2022 around 1pm in Southwest Fort Wayne. The scammer utilized the same phone number in both scams: 646.741.8382. The scam was similar in nature as the previous scam listed below. The suspect was wearing different clothes and the victim did not have a photo. Detectives tried calling the phone number, but received a recorded message that said “leave a message”. There was no owner or number identification associated with the recording. The victim in this case was told by the scammer to lie to the bank personnel if asked about the reason for the withdrawal of $10K in cash and say it was for home improvement. 

“Previous Release:

“The male black in the photo is a suspect in a scam of an elderly person. The suspect, posing as an employee for an attorney that was representing the victim’s niece in a case, took $10k in cash from the victim. The case itself was fraudulent, and the victim’s niece was impersonated over the phone. When the victim spoke with his actual niece, he realized he had been scammed. The suspect is described as a male black, short hair, wearing glasses and a black covid mask, white puffy coat with ‘Armoni’ written all over it, with a medium/muscular build. Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the Fort Wayne Police Department at 260-427-1201, Crime Stoppers at 260-436-7867, or use the anonymous ‘P3’ tips app.

“The public should always be aware of demands to pay in cash.

“The public should always be aware of demands to pay in cash.

“Never render payment at your home, if unsure, get more information before paying or if possible, pay at the business who is providing service.”

Sgt. Jeremy Webb, Fort Wayne Police Department public information office