El­derly tar­geted by scams

Taupo Times - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - STEPH RANGI

A Tu­rangi woman is wor­ried that el­derly peo­ple in the town are be­ing tar­geted in a scam.

Mar­garet McArthur has lived in Tu­rangi for 52 years, but lately things have taken a turn for the worse.

She has had her chain­saw stolen and she knows of two friends – one of whom is re­cently be­reaved – who have had their prop­erty stolen.

McArthur be­lieves she knows the peo­ple in­volved be­cause not long ago she was ap­proached by two men who said they would mow her lawn for $20 and de­liver a load of fire­wood to her.

She agreed to the of­fer and

‘‘They are go­ing to older peo­ple who are naive and in­no­cent.’’ Mar­garet McArthur.

made a down pay­ment of $40 for the wood, but it never turned up.

She saw the pair later but they had no ex­cuse.

McArthur said her friend also had her lawns mowed by them but dur­ing the night her stack of wood was taken, which McArthur be­lieves was sold to some­one else.

What has re­ally an­noyed McArthur, is that her re­cently be­reaved friend was bur­gled.

‘‘They are go­ing to older peo­ple who are naive and in­no­cent ask­ing them to do their lawns and then later rip­ping them off,’’ she said.

Sar­gent Mur­ray Hamil­ton has been based in Tu­rangi for the past three and a half weeks. He had not heard of the thefts but asked peo­ple to start re­port­ing it to po­lice.

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