The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that an elderly woman was scammed out of an undetermined amount of cash by two men posing as power company employees.
On Monday, June 23, 2014 at approximately 3:30 pm, multiple deputies responded to an address in North Stafford for a report of a scam. When deputies arrived on scene they encountered an elderly woman who told deputies that two men, posing as workers from the power company, told the victim that they needed to check her lights and also mentioned something about having to lay power lines. The male suspects walked the victim around the residence having her turn the lights off and on in different rooms. One of the suspects had the victim go to the basement to check those lights as the other suspect stayed upstairs. The male suspect in the basement left the female victim and when she returned upstairs both men were gone.
The female, becoming suspicious of the entire incident, checked to make sure nothing was missing from the house. It was at that time that she realized that the two male suspects had stolen an undetermined amount of cash from the residence. The suspects have been described as two males, possibly Hispanic, ages 25 – 30, both wearing khaki pants. Deputies checked the entire area but were unable to locate any suspects.
If anyone has any information as to the identity of these suspects they are asked to contact the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-658-4400, Stafford Crime Solvers at 540-659-2020 (callers may remain anonymous) or TEXT at “STAFFORD” + your tip to CRIMES (274637).
“This is a mean spirited crime aimed at some of our most vulnerable citizens,” states Sheriff Charles Jett. “The Sheriff’s Office is aggressively investigating this incident.”
The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind all residents of the following safety and prevention measures to take before allowing anyone to enter your home.
1. When someone knocks at your door, do not open it unless you know your visitor.
2. If a person says they are from the power company or utility department ask for identification and credentials. Ask for a phone number that you can call to verify their name and business. Refuse to deal with anyone who will not comply with your request.
3. If someone comes to your door that you do not trust or who you believe may be dangerous, call 911 immediately.