Hypnotic scammers targeting elderly Chinatown residents score big
Boston Police report scammers made off with $160,000 last month from an elderly resident who thinks they hypnotized her first.
According to police, the woman was walking down the street on April 16 when approached by three women:
One of the suspects tapped the victim on the shoulder. The victim stated the suspect spoke to her in Cantonese for about five minutes and asked random questions about the victim’s family members.
The victim stated to officers she believes during the conversation she was hypnotized. The victim stated that she did not speak to the other two suspects. The victim further stated that she did not agree to be hypnotized by the suspect.
After the conversation with the suspect, the victim returned to her home with a plastic bag which was handed to her by one of the three suspects. The victim retrieved all of her valuables which included jewelry and $160,000.00 in US Currency. The victim placed the valuables in the plastic bag and handed over the plastic bag to the three suspects in the area of the Boston Common near Province Street.
The women are described as Asian, between 30 and 40 years old, under 5'5" and and between 110 and 135 lbs. Police say similar scams have occurred in other cities, including New York.