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Police: Men scam woman out of $10,000
Victim, 89, said she was saving to help pay her own funeral expenses
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      Statesboro police said two men scammed an elderly South Zetterower Avenue woman Friday, making her think they were helping her when they were likely casing the place and planning to steal from her.
      Police are seeking two white men they believe conned the woman out of over $10,000, said Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner. One suspect is between 40-50 years old, standing about 5'10", weighing around 235 pounds, he said.
      The other man is between 35-45, stands 6' tall, weighing around 240 pounds.
      The 89-year-old victim told detectives the men came to her house Thursday, posing as construction workers.
      "They advised her that they could save her money on her electricity bill, but they would need to come inside to get some measurements," he said. "She stated she allowed them inside, and one of them asked if she received Social Security."
      The men told the victim Social Security may help pay for repairs, if needed, and he followed her to where she showed him her Social Security papers, Turner said. "She walked out of the room in front of him."
      One of the men then asked her to help him measure the bathroom. The woman told police "she assisted (one man) with measuring the bathroom while the other male kept her 57-year-old disabled son occupied."
      Soon the men finished measuring and told the victim she "would be getting a letter in the mail soon in reference to any repairs." They had only been in her home about 10 minutes, she said.
     The woman then went into her room and "noticed a large sum of money was missing," Turner said. "She said she had been saving this money for years and was going to let her kids use it for funeral services."
      Statesboro Police incident reports said the money was in two bank envelopes, and totaled $10,400.
      Anyone with information about the crime or the two suspects is asked to contact Detective Keith Holloway with the Statesboro Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division at 912-764-1542, Turner said."Information that is provided will be held in strict confidence. "

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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