April 29, 2005 – Posted at 3:49 p.m. CDT
CLAY COUNTY, AR -- Scammers are back targeting the elderly in Region 8, but this time their story has changed.
An 80-year-old woman who was robbed after a man came into her home, posing as a Social Security employee, and police officials are worried it won't be an isolated incident.
“If I had put up some resistance, there's no telling what he would have done,” said Rector resident Ellen Brannan.
When a clean-cut man knocked on Mrs. Brannan's door Thursday afternoon, she didn't worry when she let him in. He claimed to be with the Social Security Administration and wanted to help her with her bills.
“He went in the bedroom, and I went and followed him and he said if you don't care, you turn the light on in the other bedroom. We'll, I turned the light on and that's when he got my money,” said Brannan.
The man walked off with nearly $1500 dollars from Mrs. Brannan’s purse.
“It just unnerved me all over and there wasn't anybody here but me,” said Brannan.
Mrs. Brannan says living in rural Rector could be what contributed to making her a victim. Police are searching for a large white male around 6 feet tall, weighing between 275-300 pounds.
He and another person left Mrs. Brannan's home in a black car with Missouri tags, and from his description, the fashion police may be after him as well.
“The strange thing is that the man had on blue jacket and blue dress pants and white shoes,” said Clay County Sheriff Ronnie Cole.
Police say be cautious when answering the door and don’t let your guard down.
“I believe we are going to see more things like this, different tactics used by people to try to target the elderly, to get money from them,” said Sheriff Cole.