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Citrus Heights police warn of scam targeting senior citizens

Citrus Heights police are warning residents of a scam targeting senior citizens in which the suspects approach people in local strip malls and try to persuade them to withdraw money from their bank accounts.

Detectives are investigating two cases in which seniors were contacted by two suspects who told the victims that they, the suspects, had received hundreds of thousands of dollars. The suspects persuaded the victims to drive to nearby banks and withdraw funds from their personal accounts, according to a Police Department news release. In both incidents, the suspects stole the victim’s vehicle while the victim was inside the bank withdrawing funds.

Police said the stolen vehicles have since been recovered.

In one incident, one of the suspects, a woman, entered the bank with the victim. Police said the female suspect is involved in only one of the cases. She is shown in surveillance photos taken during the incident. She is described only as white with an average build.

Police said the other suspects are black men in their 30s and 40s.

People approached with such requests are advised to immediately notify law enforcement authorities.

Anyone who recognizes the female suspect, or who has information regarding the incidents, is asked to call the Citrus Heights Police Department at (916) 727-5500.