Police say an alert bank teller kept an elderly Philadelphia church pastor from being scammed out of money.
Investigators say the teller realized something was amiss when 80-year-old Deo Gokool arrived to withdraw $5,000 that he planned to hand over to two men as good faith money for a large donation.
Gokool says the men approached him seeking to donate part of a $700,000 insurance settlement. Gokool offered to use his church, The New Experience Worship Center, to disburse the money to the poor.
WPVI-TV reports the scam fell apart at the bank when the teller told Gokool she’d need to have an officer escort him to his car if he withdrew $5,000.
Responding officers captured one suspect. They still seek a second.