NCCU students say they were ripped off

North Carolina Central University

March 13, 2012 2:19:57 PM PDT
North Carolina Central University police are on the lookout for an alleged con artist who they say is targeting unsuspecting students.

Detectives say the scammer walks around near campus telling a sob story about needing money for her baby and not being able to cash a check. Compassionate students have taken the counterfeit check and deposited it.

Student Gregory Roper told ABC11 one of his friends was a victim.

"When he was supposed to take the money out of the bank, he looked and it was negative $300. So when they did that, he was mad he told me about the whole situation," said Roper.

Investigators say several students have deposited checks from $200 to $500. Later, they discover the check is no good. The students are left with overdraft fees and no way to get their money back.

The scammer drives different cars, usually near dorms. In at least one case, she drove a victim to an ATM.

The suspect was described as a black female, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 160 lbs., having a dark curly weave, a burn on her right hand, and a scar on her left nostril. She's been known to drive a black or dark blue Lincoln or Cadillac, a blue taxi-van with yellow writing on it, and a burgundy Dodge Intrepid.

Investigators say they have a person of interest with a history of running scams. Meanwhile, they're urging students against helping strangers. Anyone with information should contact the NCCU Police Department immediately at (919) 530-6106.

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