Scam Alert: Warm weather brings out more thieves

We have an important scam alert to tell you about. An elderly woman in Elkhart lost hundreds of dollars to a pair of thieves.

"This is the spring/summer time season and that also brings out the bad people that come around wanting to do work on your home, home improvement, projects or whatever and so you need to be very, very cautious,” said Dreama Jensen from the Better Business Bureau

Two men came to the woman’s home, claiming she needed roof repairs. They went on to say that they couldn't reach her, so they did the work anyway and want to collect for it.

The charge was $112 but the woman only had $100 so she wrote a check for the remaining $12.

When she handed it to them, they said she had made a spelling mistake on their name; so the men asked her to give them a signed check and they’d fill it out, which she did.

When the men got to the bank to cash it, they’d written it for $1,200.

"These crooks, and that's exactly what they are, didn't even do anything to her roof because there wasn't anything wrong with the roof to begin with,” Jensen said. “That's just the approach they used to get her.”

Jensen says if someone comes to your door, take their information and look into the company first.

She adds that it's never a good idea to write a blank check, even to someone you trust, because if it gets lost, you never know whose hands it could land in.

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