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The old scam

Thieves pulled off the old “found money” scam on a 28-year-old woman on Fourth Avenue on Dec. 24, getting $3,000 from the dupe.

The victim told cops that she was approached at around 9:10 am near the corner of 22nd Street by a tiny woman who said she had just found $8,500.

Almost on cue, a man showed up and said that he had just lost a large amount of cash, but his lady accomplice denied any knowledge of the money — a ploy to gain the dupe’s confidence.

At that point, the lady thief promised to split the ill-gotten booty with her victim, but needed to be sure if she could trust her. So the pair went to the victim’s bank, where the dupe withdrew $3,000 and handed it to the thief.

You don’t need to be Mickey Spillane to know what happened next: The thief fled with the cash, swiping the victim’s handbag, containing her public benefit card and Mexican passport, for good measure.

Cops are looking for a 4-foot-11, 140-pound woman.

Where: Fourth Avenue at 22nd Street
Updated Mar. 9, 2010
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