Woman scammed out of 10K during a Three Card Monte game at Perimeter Mall

Published: Sep. 22, 2022 at 9:10 AM EDT
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DUNWOODY, Ga. (CBS46) - A woman is out $10,000 after she was scammed at Perimeter Mall, according to Dunwoody Police Department.

Police say the woman claims she was approached at the mall by another woman who told her she was playing a card game for money and asked the victim to witness the game so she “would not be taken advantage of.” The unknown woman told the victim she would pay her $200 for her assistance.

“So, the victim agreed to help her and began to watch the game and realize that she was doing well guessing the card,” said Sgt. Tim Fecht, Dunwoody Police Department. “Eventually the dealer who is hosting the game asked her if she wanted to participate.”

Police say the victim agreed and the dealer told her she would need at least $10,000 to show good faith on her bet of $30,000. Turns out the game was the popular street hustle game Three Card Monte. The victim had no chance of winning.

Shoppers at the mall on Thursday expressed shock at the sum of money lost, but say scammers are smart.

“$10,000, $10,000, that’s just crazy,” said Summer Daniels. “I could see how it could happen. Scammers are getting real creative, real creative. I wouldn’t take anybody to an ATM.”

Police say the victim drove to her bank and withdrew $10,000. She returned to the mall and met the dealer who set up the cards. She ended up losing.

“The dealer immediately grabs the money and less the area. She was unable to kind of follow him out and see where he went,” said Sgt. Fecht.

Dunwoody PD says this is not the first time someone has been scammed out of a large sum of money through a “game” at a mall. Police say that if you are ever approached by a random person asking if you would like to make some money, simply say “No, thank you” and walk away.

CBS46 is reached out by phone and email to the mall for comment, but they have yet to respond.

The case is still under investigation.