WEBER CITY — Police in Weber City are warning area residents to be on the lookout for a potential scam artist.
According to Weber City Police Chief Philip Lane, a woman — possibly in her mid- to late 50s — has been reported at several businesses in the area trying to trick people into giving her money.
“In Virginia, it’s a crime to obtain money under false pretenses,” Lane said. “So once she starts lying about things, that’s when it falls under that code section.”
Lane described the woman as being approximately 5 feet, 5 inches tall with a slim build and brunette or dirty blonde hair.
The woman has been seen in both the Weber City and Kingsport areas over the last several months driving either an older model brown 4-door Oldsmobile sedan or a van.
Lane said the incidents have usually occurred in either store or gas station parking lots and have been a cause for concern for business owners.
In an attempt to get money, Lane said the woman tells her potential victim that her son was in a car wreck and in the hospital and that she needs money for gas to go see him. She also tries to cry while telling the story, Lane said.
Another version of the story involved a relative who was hospitalized with cancer, Lane said.
Lane said the woman usually flees the scene if her story is questioned.
Lane said anyone who is approached by the woman and asked for money should contact Scott County Central Dispatch at (276) 386-9111 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at (423) 246-9111 and report her location.