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Suspected scam investigated by Glendale police

August 9, 2011 |  6:41 am

An unidentified woman who approached a group of children playing Sunday in the front yard of a house near Verdugo Park was likely part of a team of scam artists, Glendale police said.

At about 4:30 p.m., four people, including two teenage girls and two adults, got out of a minivan and positioned themselves along a cul-de-sac, said resident Greg Andrews. The driver, a woman in her mid-50s, approached the children and began asking them questions about the house and the neighborhood in a mix of English and a second language he could not identify, Andrews told the Glendale News-Press.

He quickly moved in between the children and the woman, who eventually left. The incident had all the characteristics of a gypsy scam, Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. They typically operate as a family, sending women to make the initial contact so as not to seem threatening to their potential victims.

“What they will do is they will drive outside of their state to states like California, go into residential areas, usually upscale neighborhoods,” Lorenz said. “They look for the elderly, they look for people with money.”

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-- Megan O'Neil, Times Community News

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