A woman claiming to have cancer conned a Wagoner grandmother out of hundreds of dollars. The grandma said she was just trying to be a Good Samaritan.
If you look for the good in people, it might be hard to turn down someone claiming to have cancer asking for a ride.
Virginia Goddard fell for it, and now she's wishing she hadn't.
Goddard is a breast cancer survivor and works with people with Down syndrome. It's her caring heart, she said, that can sometimes make her an easy target
"I said, 'What is it?' And she said, 'Do you know where there's a Walmart,'" Goddard said.
She said the woman approached her and her husband outside their doctor's office in Tulsa Monday.
Goddard said the woman told them she has cancer, and her family is out of town and that she just needed a ride to the store.
"We said we'd give her a ride. I should've known better shouldn't I," Goddard said.
She said the woman sat in the back seat talking about her grandfather, a Methodist pastor, and how she was looking for a new church in Tulsa.
Goddard said she never noticed what she now knows, that, all the while, the woman was slipping Goddard's billfold out of her purse that was on the back seat.
"It never entered my mind that she would take my billfold, and it was my most favorite billfold," she said.
Tulsa police said the woman got her ride to the Walmart near Woodland Hills Mall and used Goddard's credit card to buy almost $200 worth of household items.
"I felt bad for her because I felt like she probably needed the money, you know, but I don't have any money, either. I'm on my social security and I'm still working," Goddard said.
She now has to replace all of her IDs and credit cards. She said she was just trying to be neighborly.
"I should've known better than to put a stranger in my car. I didn't even think about it," Goddard said.
Tulsa police hope someone might recognize the woman from surveillance video and ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.