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(Expression) Confidence Swindles: Also known as a "pigeon drops," this is one of the oldest and most famous switch schemes. In this scam, the victim is referred to as the "pigeon." This scam also targets mainly the elderly because they are most often on fixed incomes and welcome any type of saving venture. The elderly are also more willing to help someone in need. This scam is frequently committed by a team of two males and/or females. The contact is usually made in a parking lot by one player, with a story that varies depending on which type of pigeon drop is being attempted. Some of the typical "pigeon drops" are:

Found Money (Typical "pigeon drop")--the suspect claims to have found a package of some type and asks victim if they know who may have dropped it. The suspect then asks for money in return.

Switch Game, "Jamaican Switch" or "South African Switch"--the suspect usually claims to be from South Africa and has an inheritance letter, but does not trust banks and wants the victim to "exchange" or hold the money. The victim ends up giving the swindler money. This scam often is played out initially over the Internet through e-mail.

Winning Lottery Ticket--the suspect displays an alleged winning lottery ticket, but speaks only Spanish or a little broken English and needs assistance collecting the winnings.

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