SCAM ARTIST APPEARS WELL-HEELED, DISAPPEARS WITH CASH
- BSO Case Number: 02-1404-002027
- PIO Number: 14-5-15
- Date: April 17, 2014
- Time: 1 p.m.
- Place of Occurrence: Wells Fargo, 700 E. Dania Beach Blvd., Dania Beach
- Jurisdiction: Dania Beach
- Nancy Beringhaus, female, age 69, Lake Worth
- unknown female
Description of Incident:
She walked into a bank looking very much like a woman who might have a fortune in the bank. So when she requested $60,000 from her account, bank employees handed it over. Broward Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes Unit detectives say she was a con artist who fraudulently used the identity of an actual bank customer. She had a doctored driver license with her picture and the victim’s name, address and date of birth. She correctly answered security questions posed by the staff at the Wells Fargo bank.
Surveillance cameras captured clear images of the incident, which happened on April 17. The victim, a 69-year-old Lake Worth woman, noticed the withdrawal on a bank statement the next day and reported it to the Broward Sheriff’s Office on April 23. Detectives say the suspect may have ties to Georgia. A debit card that was previously ordered on the victim’s account had been mailed to a Stone Mountain address. The suspect showed that card as a secondary form of identification in the April 17 incident.
Anyone with information about this criminal is asked to call Det. Robert Feick at (954) 321-4255 or report anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers of Broward County at (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $3,000 for information that leads to an arrest.
- INVESTIGATORS: ECU Det. Feick, Sgt. Weir; Dania Beach
- THIS REPORT BY: Dani Moschella/PIO 5/21/14 1400
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