PASADENA (CBS) —  Two suspects are behind bars Tuesday for allegedly attempting to swindle a 93-year-old woman in Pasadena.

The woman was approached by the suspects at a gas station who convinced her that she had minor problems with her vehicle.

They gained her trust and followed her to her home where she gave them $1,200 for “future” vehicle repairs.

The suspects, whose names were not released, then made two additional phone calls to the woman making arrangements to come by her home for money totaling $2,600.

The victim became suspicious after paying a third advance and called a relative.

The woman’s relative called Pasadena police.

The suspects were identified and arrested and the full amount of the money swindled from the victim was returned to her. A police officer accompanied the woman to the bank where the funds were redeposited.

Criminal charges are pending.

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Comments (7)
  1. Mikey says:

    Whats her address, I’m a little short this week.

  2. Jessie Geronimo says:

    Mikey’s comment is kind of funny but anyone who would actually do that is pretty low.

  3. Eitan says:

    This is just a wild guess here, but I bet the perpetrators were either Armenian or Hispanic. Just a wild guess.

  4. Rocky Balboa says:

    Eitan. I bet the old lady being scammed was your great grandma. Just a wild guess.

  5. Lis says:

    @ Eitan: WOW!! How presumptous and rude. They could have been any ethnicity. The sad thing is that it’s racist people like you that are taking this country right back to ignorance =/ So sad….

  6. Barry Cohen says:

    I am equally concerned a 93 yr. old person is still driving a motor vehicle. Her exposure to fraud is equalled or exceeded by her presence as a potential danger on public streets. Accept this as an observation by a resident of a senior citizen assisted iving facility.

  7. talega says:

    Since seniors have most of the money, they are targets for financial predators. If you have seniors in your family, suggest that they speak with family members before spending large sums of money. And what about making a second signature necessary on any checks over $1,000. If you care, take steps now before your senior family member is scammed.

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