LOUISVILLE, Ky.—“Nothing can ruin that feeling of holiday joy like being a victim of a crime,” LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said.
Not everyone is in the holiday spirit, especially criminals.
“They aren't looking for joy they are looking for opportunities,” Chief Conrad said.
Looking for opportunities to scam; right now authorities are holding $50,000 because they believe is belongs to an innocent victim—a victim who wanted more cash fast.
“If something is too good to be true it probably is not true,” Conrad said.
In this case, police think the cash is linked to the black money scam. It’s an old scheme but one that is new to Louisville. The scammers bait victims with real currency then show them stacks of black money. That's where the ruse comes in.
“[They say if] you will provide us some money up front for a very expensive chemical we can clean the money,” U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Paul R. Johnson said.
The scammers are usually West African and often tell people the money was smuggled overseas and blackened to remain undetected in customs. Police found black money after responding to a burglary in southwestern Jefferson County at the end of November. They need your help finding the victim or victims who put forth the money and they also need help investigating the suspects.
Authorities say often times the victim is reluctant to come forward because they are embarrassed that they were so easily duped. They say unless the victim put up stolen money, they didn't do anything wrong. Victims are encouraged to contact the U.S. Secret Service Louisville Field Office at 502-582-5171 or they can remain anonymous by calling 502-582-LMPD.