Bokchito scam victim receives outpouring from public wanting to help

BOKCHITO, Okla. (KXII) - Our station has been flooded with calls, messages, even in person to ask how they can help the Bokchito woman from our story that aired Monday night.

She said she was scammed out of more than $900 by two men posing as electrical workers.

The woman said she's overwhelmed with gratitude and shock that so many people want to help her.

She also had news to share. Tuesday afternoon she received a $1,000 check from a man she'd never met.

"Oh, there goes my heart again," she said.

Sometimes silence speaks louder than words.

The 72-year-old woman didn't want to show her face or say her name out of fear of the weekend repeating itself.

Saturday two men pretending to be electrical workers tricked her into giving them $121, then took $800 more from her purse.

Monday News 12 aired a story and Tuesday afternoon a woman from city hall showed up at her door with an envelope.

"I opened the envelope, it was a thousand dollar check in it," she said.

Replacing the amount that was stolen from her and more.

"I about lost it," she said.

A Southmayd man she'd never met drove to Bokchito to bring the check.

"So that was just amazing for someone to be that good," she said.

He's not the only one.

Several others have offered to donate.

"Thank you, thank you, thank you. God bless you. You don't have to but I do appreciate it," she said.

She'd been saving the money that was taken for her own tombstone.

Her only wish for when she dies is to be buried next to her two sons.

She lost her only kids Keith and Scott when they drowned in the Red River in 1985. One was 15 years old, the other 14.

"They were always pretty close together and it was a shock. But I just have to think that they're together and they're doing okay," she said.

But she's reminded that even on the darkest days, the sun still sets and there's always tomorrow.

"I told my brother I said there are bad people in this world but there are good people in this world. And the good outnumber the bad, and we just don't realize it sometimes," she said.

Bokchito Police Chief Shane Guhl says if anyone is interested, they can leave a donation at Bokchito City Hall and the staff will get them to her.