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NYPD Seeks Suspects Who Allegedly Bilked Woman in 'Pigeon Drop' Scam

By Aidan Gardiner | September 12, 2012 11:49am

SHEEPSHEAD BAY — Police are asking for the public's help in tracking down two scam artists who bilked a woman with a so-called pigeon drop scheme.

The con happened August 28, 2012 near Kings Highway and E. 16th Street, police said.

The suspects, two middle-aged women, approached the female victim with a bag they told her was filled with cash. In exchange for sharing the supposed cash, the victim gave the scammers an undetermined mound of money.

Cops call the ruse a so-called pigeon drop, a term that describes a scam in which the victim is easily conned.

Now, police need the public's help in finding the suspects. Late Tuesday, the NYPD released photos of the two women.

They were wearing dark colored wigs and sunglasses. They were last seen driving a darkly colored four door Audi, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577.