Senior targeted by scammer in St. Johns County

May be part of a national trend


ST. JOHNS COUTY, Fla. – She was driving in St. Johns County in December when she was flagged down by a small family who said that she had a problem with her tire.

The family offered to help.

She allowed the family to follow her to her home and as she took her groceries into the house, the man, named Costello, fixed her tire. When she came back out of the house, the man showed her some broken pieces and said the car was fixed.

Then, he asked for payment.

The woman handed over a check. After talking it over with family, she decided that it was probably a scam. The St. Johns Count Sheriff's Office says that the name Costello is sometimes used by gypsy groups whose activities are similar to the example. Many times they time target senior citizens. The information the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office located points to Arizona or California primarily, not Florida. However, anyone could adopt to these methods.

The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office reminds residents to remain aware of their surroundings and not to go quickly into any circumstance that may sound too good to be true.

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