Elderly targeted by scams
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.