Elderly widow scammed out of nearly $5,000 - WSMV Channel 4

Elderly widow scammed out of nearly $5,000

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An elderly widow is now out nearly $5,000 after she was hit by an alleged con man.

It happened Tuesday in Nashville, and Metro Police say scams like this are common this time of year. But, we're working for you to help you protect your family.

"Miss Louise" may have just been the perfect victim. She's elderly, hard of hearing and trusting.

Channel 4 is not releasing the woman's full name in order to protect her identity.

But she didn't mind sharing her story with us, because she wants others to be on the lookout.

She says a man came to her Nashville home this week, while another man, a woman and a child waited in the car in her driveway.  She said he was offering up gutter repair work for what she thought was just a little more than $400.

She wasn't even sure at the time if she wanted the work done, but Louise says the man was very persistent. What's worse, she can't even make out her own checks because of an arm and hand injury.

So, she says he filled out the check for her. By the time she realized he had made it out for nearly $4,500, it was too late.  Her sister tried to call the bank, but, within a matter of minutes, the man had already cashed Louise's check and was gone.

Miss Louise now has a warning for anyone else who may find themselves in a similar situation, "kick him off your porch, that's all I got to say."

Louise tells us the man even told her insurance company would pay for the repairs, and he would return with the money. But he never asked who she was insured with. We called the number that was written on her check the man cashed. But, we were told we had the wrong number.

Metro Police say here are some ways you can protect your family from scams: Don't let anyone into your house.

If someone claims to have done work with a company that has done repairs on your home in the past, make sure your verify that information with the legitimate company.

Someone showing up with kids should automatically raise the red flag, a legit contractor will not bring children or family to a work site.

Don't be afraid to call for help, whether it's a family member or an officer.

If something doesn't feel right, it isn't. In that case, go inside, lock the door, and call police.

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