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Scams Against the Elderly

Elderly residents are being advised to watch out for scam artists who are trying to gain access to their homes by posing as rug cleaners or other home care businesses. According to the Milford Police, a resident of that town recently reported activity when her mother received a knock on her door last night around 8:30 p.m. in an elderly complex. The elderly woman opened the door and saw a man and a woman at her door. The couple offered the woman a free rug cleaning, handed her a business card and asked her to come in and look at the rug. Wisely the woman declined and the man grabbed the business card and left. Based on the facts given in this incident it is highly likely the couple were involved in some type of scam against the elderly woman.

Scams like these involve a pair of people working together to gain the trust of elderly persons so that they can gain access inside the homes of potential victims. Once inside scam artists working in groups will try to keep the homeowner(s) busy while a second or even third thief looks through the home for valuables to steal. The professional thieves are limited to only their imaginations on what type of service or products they are offering. If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is so if you come across any similar situation and you feel something is not right then you should contact the police immediately to investigate.




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