A 77-year-old New Smyrna Beach man was scammed out of $40,000 before the sheriff's office was contacted.© WESH dankiv
Incredibly, detectives were able to get the money back, even though it had already been delivered to a home in South Florida.
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The victim, who investigators say is in the early stages of Alzheimer's, was told he needed to ship $40,000 cash in a shoebox to avoid being arrested on a warrant.
"The scumbags come in all shapes, sizes and colors and from countries, they come from all over the place," Sheriff Mike Chitwood said.
Chitwood says in the case of this victim, the suspects came from Ukraine, one of them arrested: 34-year-old Andriy Dankiv. A second man, Oleh Terekh, fled the country. The suspects allegedly rented a home in Hollywood, Florida and started dialing for dollars.
"If they make 5,000 phone calls and one person bites, there's $40,000 so all they're doing is auto-dialing until they get somebody on the phone," he said.
Investigators say the suspects told the 77-year-old a shipment of drugs was intercepted going to his house and he must send the cash or get arrested.
The victim was warned not to speak to anyone regarding this issue, not to contact law enforcement or his brother.
"You get somebody who is older who might not be, their faculties might be slowing down a little bit and then you get the hook in them," Chitwood said.
But the victim's brother did find out and sheriff's detectives working with Hollywood police and Homeland Security obtained video surveillance of UPS delivering the package.
In addition to the local victim's money, investigators say they recovered another package of $10,000 belonging to someone else who fell for the scam.
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