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Latest scam involves 'free' tree-trimming offer

Published: 8:59 AM, 08/01/2013 Last updated: 9:00 AM, 08/01/2013

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Law enforcement officials are alerting the public to a scam that involves deceiving residents their insurance company is paying to have their trees trimmed at no cost.

The claim is an excuse for a second offender to enter the residence of the unsuspecting victim and steal what is easily picked up, such as a wallet, cash, or prescription medicine.

On Tuesday, July 30, Elizabeth M. Bandy, 93, of Jefferson Avenue, in Newport, said a white male driving a pickup truck came to her home around 1:45 p.m., Sgt. Amy Gentry of the Newport Police Department reported.

Bandy said she met the man at her front door to see who it was. She said when she stepped outside, the offender told her he was from an insurance company and was there to trim her trees, the report stated.

Bandy said she told the man she didn't have any money to pay for tree trimming, but he allegedly told her, "It's okay; it's free."

For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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