An elderly Parkmerced woman was conned out of $5,900 after thieves reportedly convinced her that she had caused a car crash.
The 98-year-old told police she was pulling out of a parking space at a grocery store Aug. 31 when a man and a woman approached her claiming she bumped into their car.
The swindlers showed the woman damage to their vehicle and claimed she was at fault, officers at the Taraval Police Station said. The female suspect also claimed to be pregnant and warned that the victim would lose her driver’s license if insurance companies were to get involved.
The victim said she allowed the suspects to follow her home on Arballo Drive near Lake Merced, where she wrote a check for $900. Several days later, police said, the suspects returned demanding $22,000, claiming injuries.
The victim wrote another check that was far below that amount, police said, and so the suspects returned a third time demanding reimbursement for medical expenses. The third time was no charm, police said, as the victim refused and the suspects finally left her alone.
Police have not reported any arrests in the case.