"Black Money Scam" hits the Tri-State - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

"Black Money Scam" hits the Tri-State

HAMILTON COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

A new scam hitting the Tri-State is like nothing we've ever seen here, and if you fall for it, it'll cost you.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is calling it the "Black Money Scam." 

Police say there are three suspects from the east coast that have recently arrived in the Tri-State with props to perform the scam.

Police won't tell us exactly where they were operating in the Tri-State, but we do know it was out of a hotel along I-71 in Hamilton County.

Investigators say they received a call from the hotel about some possible drug activity in one of the rooms. It wasn't drugs, but an elaborate plan to steal lots of money.
 
This trick all starts with a briefcase mixed with some "actual money", but mostly black construction paper. As the suspect approaches a victim, they explain why the money is black.
 
"They'll say to get through customs to cross the border, wherever they're claiming they're bringing it from, that this was a process they had to setup this elaborate scheme," said Mike Robison with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

From there, the suspects say they need money from the victim to buy specific, expensive chemicals to clean the thousands of dollars in the briefcase for it to be usable.

They'll even demonstrate this process with one of the few "actual" bills to prove it's real money. But investigators say those chemicals aren't that complex.
 
"Flour, black construction paper, glue, things you would get at Michael's Crafts or wherever," said Robison.

Once all that money in the briefcase is clean, the victim gets a cut of it plus their initial portion to pay for the chemicals. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office says they've never seen a case like this. In fact, the closest city with a similar scam is Louisville.

"All we know is that they have all the materials that are consistent with the things that we've seen across the country in talking to other law enforcement agencies," said Robison.

Robison says so far no victims have come forward, and it's unclear how the suspects lure their targets. But he says they could prey on anyone.

"Some people could say how could you really fall for something like this? Well folks are in tough times sometimes and see an opportunity like this where they think it's a big gift, a big lottery ticket," said Robison.

This warning isn't just for Hamilton County.

"They're notorious for going from place to place and that's why not only for Cincinnati, not only for Hamilton County, we're trying to get the word out," said Robison.

The suspects have not been charged with anything so they aren't in police custody. Deputies say after speaking with them, their stories aren't adding up, so be careful.

If you are a victim or know anything about this scam, call Crimestoppers 352-3040.

Copyright 2014 WXIX. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 4 dead, 4 injured in Waffle House shooting

    4 dead, 4 injured in Waffle House shooting

    Sunday, April 22 2018 5:55 AM EDT2018-04-22 09:55:32 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 12:16 PM EDT2018-04-22 16:16:37 GMT
    Travis Reinking (Courtesy: Metro Police)Travis Reinking (Courtesy: Metro Police)

    Four people were killed and four others were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch. A white man wearing nothing a green jacket went into the restaurant and started firing a gun resembling an AR-15. Police are still searching for him. 

    More >>

    Four people were killed and four others were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch. A white man wearing nothing a green jacket went into the restaurant and started firing a gun resembling an AR-15. Police are still searching for him. 

    More >>
  • Woman loses home at auction to former attorney

    Woman loses home at auction to former attorney

    Saturday, April 21 2018 11:11 PM EDT2018-04-22 03:11:04 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 5:23 AM EDT2018-04-22 09:23:15 GMT
    Sawyers watched her Florissant, MO, home go to auction Thursday. The highest bidder was her former attorney. (Source: KPLR/CNN)Sawyers watched her Florissant, MO, home go to auction Thursday. The highest bidder was her former attorney. (Source: KPLR/CNN)

    Sawyers watched her Florissant, MO, home go to auction Thursday. The highest bidder was her former attorney.

    More >>

    Sawyers watched her Florissant, MO, home go to auction Thursday. The highest bidder was her former attorney.

    More >>
  • 4 dead in Nashville Waffle House shooting; suspect sought

    4 dead in Nashville Waffle House shooting; suspect sought

    Sunday, April 22 2018 8:34 AM EDT2018-04-22 12:34:45 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 12:19 PM EDT2018-04-22 16:19:25 GMT
    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. (Source: CNN)A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. (Source: CNN)
    Police in Tennessee say three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday. (Source: CNN)Police in Tennessee say three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday. (Source: CNN)

    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. 

    More >>

    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. 

    More >>
  • NewsMore>>

  • Tourists at iconic French abbey evacuated after threat

    Tourists at iconic French abbey evacuated after threat

    Sunday, April 22 2018 5:24 AM EDT2018-04-22 09:24:35 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 12:25 PM EDT2018-04-22 16:25:33 GMT
    Authorities are evacuating tourists and others from the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey and monument in western France due to an apparent threat against security services. (Source: Raycom Media)Authorities are evacuating tourists and others from the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey and monument in western France due to an apparent threat against security services. (Source: Raycom Media)
    Authorities are evacuating tourists and others from the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey and monument in western France due to an apparent threat against security services. (Source: Raycom Media)Authorities are evacuating tourists and others from the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey and monument in western France due to an apparent threat against security services. (Source: Raycom Media)

    Authorities are evacuating tourists and others from the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey and monument in western France after a visitor apparently threatened to attack security services.

    More >>

    Authorities are evacuating tourists and others from the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey and monument in western France after a visitor apparently threatened to attack security services.

    More >>
  • Road to N. Korea's denuclearization is littered with failure

    Road to N. Korea's denuclearization is littered with failure

    Saturday, April 21 2018 9:44 PM EDT2018-04-22 01:44:28 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 12:25 PM EDT2018-04-22 16:25:29 GMT
    (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool, File). FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2018 file photo, Kim Yo Jong, left, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in P...(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool, File). FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2018 file photo, Kim Yo Jong, left, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in P...

    A look at previous nuclear negotiations with North Korea and how the currently planned talks between Seoul, Pyongyang and Washington took shape.

    More >>

    A look at previous nuclear negotiations with North Korea and how the currently planned talks between Seoul, Pyongyang and Washington took shape.

    More >>
  • World's oldest person dies in Japan at age of 117

    World's oldest person dies in Japan at age of 117

    Saturday, April 21 2018 8:34 PM EDT2018-04-22 00:34:25 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 12:25 PM EDT2018-04-22 16:25:20 GMT
    Nabi Tajima died of old age in a hospital Saturday evening in the town of Kikai in southern Japan, town official Susumu Yoshiyuki confirmed. (Source: TV Asahi/CNN)Nabi Tajima died of old age in a hospital Saturday evening in the town of Kikai in southern Japan, town official Susumu Yoshiyuki confirmed. (Source: TV Asahi/CNN)
    Nabi Tajima died of old age in a hospital Saturday evening in the town of Kikai in southern Japan, town official Susumu Yoshiyuki confirmed. (Source: TV Asahi/CNN)Nabi Tajima died of old age in a hospital Saturday evening in the town of Kikai in southern Japan, town official Susumu Yoshiyuki confirmed. (Source: TV Asahi/CNN)

    The world's oldest person has died in southern Japan at the age of 117.

    More >>

    The world's oldest person has died in southern Japan at the age of 117.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly