ST. LOUIS ( — A local grandmother recently lost tens of thousands of dollars in a scam that took advantage of her kindness and her faith in God.

But while so many scams nowadays happen online, this bait and switch happened right in front of her. “I just can’t believe I let it happen to me,” said one local woman, who News 4 is calling E.B.

E.B. says she’s concerned to speak out, after falling victim to a scam. “I, for whatever reason, thought this guy was legit,” she said.

Last Friday, she was shopping at the Walgreens on Lucas and Hunt and Natural Bridge in north St. Louis County when a man approached her.

“He said ‘excuse me ma’am, I am from Africa and I am trying to find this particular church,’” E.B. said.

Once outside the store, he started laying out the scheme.

“’I had a grandfather who was a doctor, killed in a car accident and he left a will with $200,000,’” E.B. said the man told her. “His instructions were to find two organizations that are in need of money that we could give this to, to help them. The church would get $90,000 and whoever helps us do this would get $10,000,” she said.

The man showed her some cash and even a letter appearing to back up the claims. Laid-off during COVID, and a church-going woman, she thought it might be a God-send.

“I was thinking the church can use it and a lot of…

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