Scam artists target elderly Gainesville residents

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

GAINESVILLE, TX - The Gainesville Police Department took two reports last month documenting scams involving elderly residents.

According to police, in both cases a white male approached the residents, claiming to work for the City of Gainesville. The male offered to do repair work for these victims at a savings if paid with cash money. The male was dressed in blue work clothes and was wearing a yellow safety vest. One resident did not lose any money and ordered the man off her property. However, the first victim was not so fortunate.

The City of Gainesville wants everyone to know their employees do not work on citizen's personal property. They are only allowed to work on city-owned property. Employees should be driving distinctively marked vehicles, wearing a uniform, and should have photo identification cards with them.

If you are approached by anyone claiming to be from the City of Gainesville and they are asking to work on your personal property for cash money, this is probably a scam. You can contact the City of Gainesville Public Works Department at (940) 668-4540, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. if you have questions regarding an employee, or you can contact the Gainesville Police Department at (940) 668-7777.

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