Northwest Florida

SCAM ALERT: Pensacola woman poses as distressed military wife, asks for money

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) - Pensacola Police are looking for anyone who may have fallen victim to a scam where a woman posed as a distressed military wife asking for money. 

Police say 34-year-old Javon Lasha Harris of Pensacola would begin the scam by coming up to people and asking if they were former military. If a person said yes, police say she would then begin to tell them her husband was active duty military in Virginia and she had fallen on hard times here in Pensacola. 

Police say she would then ask for money in exchange for gift cards and even ask for victims to accept checks from her for cash. She claimed she needed money for medications and vehicle repairs, according to Pensacola Police. 

Police say the checks she made out were from an account belonging to a "Betty Smith". Police also say she'd have a small child with her during the encounters. 

According to police, Harris has been arrested and charged with larceny, exploitation of the elderly, forgery and passing a forged instrument. 

Pensacola Police say Harris has also conducted the scams in Gulf Breeze and Escambia County.

If you believe you were also a victim of these scams committed by Harris, call the Criminal Investigations Division of the Pensacola Police Department at 850-435-1965.


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