The old techniques still work well, according to judicial police. They said they detained a 29-year-old woman in Alajuela and attributed to her 10 cases of the dropped money scam.
The crimes took place in Liberia.
Agents said crooks using the scam spot persons leaving a bank with a sum of money and then they follow them to work the scam. Typically the dropped money scam, also called the pigeon drop, involves pretending to find an envelope of money and a promise to share the sum with the victim.
The victim is encouraged to put up the cash they have as security of good faith. Then the package with the found money is cleverly switched for one containing worthless paper.