Clearwater, Florida -- Clearwater Police are trying to identify a woman who tried to conduct a pigeon drop scam a Walmart in Clearwater on Jan. 8.
Authorities describe a pigeon drop scam as a scheme to defraud a person out of their own money where a suspect will ask the victim to put up a "good faith" sum of money in order to secure a larger sum. The suspect then swaps bag of money from the victim for one with newspaper or something else of no value before leaving the victim.
Clearwater Police detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying a woman who may have attempted to defraud an elderly woman with this scam at the Walmart in the 23000 block of US Hwy 19 N.
Police say the woman approached the victim as she loaded her groceries into her vehicle. She asked the victim if she had dropped a bag of money that the woman found.
The suspect told the victim that there was $100,000 in the bag and falsely identified herself as a Walmart employee. She then went inside the store and pretended to talk to a manager regarding the money she found.
She came back out and told the victim that her manager told her she could keep the money. The woman then offered to split the money with the victim. The victim told her she wanted to talk to police before taking any money and the woman left with the bag.
She is described as in her 40's, 5'6" and approximately 150 pounds with strawberry blonde hair below the shoulder and used the name "Hilary Dixon".
Anyone with information is asked to call the Clearwater Police Department Tip Line at 727-562-4080 (ext. 2). You can also remain anonymous by sending information to 847411 (tip411). Anonymous web tips can also be submitted through the Police Departments website at www.clearwaterpolice.org or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ClearwaterPolice.