Police searching for man scamming young people out of money

- Orlando Police said surveillance video obtained by Fox 35 shows 34-year-old, Jonas Metayer, at an ATM, cashing in on unsuspecting young people.

Detective Todd Herb told Fox 35's David Williams "It's terrible, because he's taking advantage of people."

Police said Metayer has been going up to college-age victims along Sand Lake Road and other areas for months, and convincing them to hand over their bank information. "He's a smooth talker. He convinces people," Herb explained.

Investigators said he shows them a bunch of checks that look real, then promises to split the profits if they share their account info. "It's just a promise of money for people that are just hurting for money," Detective Herb said. 

The catch, however, is the checks are stolen and police say Metayer cashes them from the victims' bank accounts and takes off with the money.

"At this point I have at least 17 open cases on him that we're trying to put a stop to." Detective Herb said.

Think it sounds too fishy to fall for? Police said he's managed to make off with  ten-thousand dollars so far. "Every person I talk to will say the same thing: I can't believe I fell for this. I can't believe I bought into what this guy was saying," Herb explained.

Police tell Fox 35 the banks are working with the victims to try and get their money back. Police also tell Fox 35 Metayer has a criminal record. If you see him or have any information authorities ask that you call the CrimeLine.
 

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