Crime

November 18, 2013

Money scams take in one victim, miss with other in Hurst

A con artist took a Hurst resident for almost $1,000, but another scammer didn’t do so well, Hurst police said.

A con artist tricked a Hurst resident out of almost $1,000, but another scammer failed to get any information from an elderly resident, Hurst police said.

No one had been arrested in the cases as of Monday.

The two scams occurred on the same day last week just hours apart, but Hurst police don’t know if they are related.

The first was reported shortly after 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 13 by a resident in the 3300 block of Madison Avenue in Hurst.

The 40-year-old woman told Hurst police that she received a call from a man who said her brother and a cousin had been involved in a traffic accident.

“The suspect told her that before he would take her brother to the hospital he needed money to repair the vehicle,” said Hurst police Sgt. Craig Teague on Monday. “The caller said she needed to wire the money.”

The woman wired almost $1,000 via MoneyGram to a location in Puerto Rico, Teague said.

Twenty minutes after completing the transaction, the victim called her brother and discovered he was never in a wreck, Hurst police said.

At 3 p.m. on Nov. 13, a 71-year-old woman on Moutainview Drive in Hurst told police she received a call from a man who claimed to be working with Medicare.

The man asked the woman for her full name, her bank account number and routing number, Hurst police said.

“She found it odd that he would be asking for that information,” Teague said. “She refused to give it out.”

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