Woman scammed when buying "Gold Bars"

NewsChannel 10
By KFDA Assignments Desk

Amarillo, Texas - Amarillo Police are asking you to be on the lookout for two men accused of scamming a local woman by making her think that she was buying real gold bars.

This surveillance picture was taken at the Wal Mart store at I-40 and Grand Thursday afternoon. The victim told police that as she was shopping, a man approached her and asked for help finding an agency in town that could help him pay for a hospital bill. The man showed the victim three "gold bars" that he wanted to pay the hospital bill with. A second man, pretending not to know the first man, offered to take the "gold" to a nearby pawn show to find out how much it was worth. The first man agreed, and the second man returned and said the "gold" was worth $20,000. The man counted what appeared to be $20,000 in cash and offered to sell another gold bar to the woman at a price well below $20,000.

The woman agreed to buy the "gold" and both men followed her to a bank on South Washington where she withdrew an unknown amount of money. The woman then took the "bar of gold" to another pawn shop when she found out it was brass-plated metal.

The first suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 50 years old, 5 foot 6, clean shaven, and was wearing a beige shirt and black pants. The second suspect (pictured) was around 35 year old, six feet tall, with a goatee, a light gray or purple shirt, with a baseball cap.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Amarillo Police at (806) 378-3038.