|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
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