Woman tricked out of $8K she thought was for church


The woman thought she was giving $8,000 to a church

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A woman was scammed out of thousands of dollars she spent 10 years saving.

It happened outside the Hong Phat Market near Southeast 82nd Avenue and East Burnside. Security cameras from the store show a woman approach the victim as she was loading up her groceries.

From there, the victims’ family said the woman asked for help getting to a bank.

“So my mom took that lady to that place,” the victim’s daughter, Mai Vu said.

They went to a Chase Bank not far away and that’s where a man was waiting and asked the victim to withdraw $8,000 to donate to a church.

Mai Vu said they used her mother’s faith to cheat her out of that money.

“Very upset and pretty depressed about it because money is not easy to get and also to be taken advantage of with her kind heart trying to help people,” Mai Vu said.

Little did the scammers know, they were caught on camera. A dashboard camera in the victim’s car was rolling on the whole thing.

Her family believes it’s part of a bigger problem with crooks targeting the Asian community.

“It’s not a good thing to be targeting vulnerable people,” Mai Vu said.

This isn’t the first time Asian women have been targeted in Portland’s Jade District. A rash of purse snatchings near Phu-Bon targeted elderly women, even injuring one.

As police investigate, this victim’s family wants to spread the word so that it doesn’t happen again.

“We definitely don’t want it to happen to anybody else,” Mai Vu said.

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