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June 4, 2014

Sheriff's office warns of con-artist scam

WEATHERFORD —

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler is sending out a precautionary warning to the public concerning con-artists, after an 89-year-old Azle woman was scammed out of nearly $10,000, late last week.

Sheriff Fowler said a male in his early 40s approached the woman’s residence in the 1600 block of South Stewart Street, identifying himself as “Gregory Long,” saying he was associated with the victim’s electric company. The suspect was described as a white male, 5’10” to 6-feet tall, clean shaven, with dark blond hair. “Long” was also accompanied by an unidentified 20-year-old male, who posed as Long’s assistant.

The men told the victim they received a “sensor,” from her electric company, stating she had a “short,” within the wiring of her home. 

The victim was deceived into allowing the men into her home, where they told her squirrels had chewed through her wiring in the attic, which needed to be replaced. 

Long then showed the victim a frayed wire to corroborate his fictional story.

The suspects brought a roll of wire into the woman’s residence, further convincing the victim of their scheme.

The men remained at the victim’s residence about 45 minutes, then charged the victim $9,818.40.

The suspects did not leave or display a work order, agreement or any form of paper work. 

The suspects were reported to have been driving a white and chrome 4-wheel drive pickup.

After the suspects left the residence, the victim contacted her electric company, which relayed to her that the company did not have any such work order and no representatives were sent to her home.

The victim contacted the Parker County Sheriff’s Office to report the incident. Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene but were unable to locate any new work or wiring done on the victim’s residence.

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