The Boston Police Department is warning citizens in the Asian community of a scam that appears to be targeting elderly victims. In once case, the victim told police she was hypnotized and handed handed over $160-thousand-dollars in cash and jewelry.
Police have received one report of an elderly victim being approached by Asian females in the Chinatown area and scammed into surrendering valuables to the suspects.Investigators have also received information that similar scams have occurred in other areas of the country, including New York City.On Monday, April 16, officers interviewed a woman who said she was approached by three Asian female while walking in Chinatown. One of the suspects tapped the victim on the shoulder. The victim said the suspect spoke to her in Cantonese for about five minutes and asked questions about the victim’s family.The victim told police that the suspects hypnotized her, even though she had not agreed to be hypnotized.Afterward, the victim returned to her home with a plastic bag which was handed to her by one of the three suspects. She 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 females are described as Asian, between 30-40 years old, between 5’ feet and 5 inches, and between 110 pounds to 135 pounds.The Boston Police Department encourages individuals who have further information regarding this incident or a similar incident to please contact the District A-1 detectives at 617-343-4571 or 911. The BPD has detectives available who are fluent in Chinese and other Asian dialects.Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those who wish to remain anonymous.