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Scam Alert

Authorities are warning the elderly in the wiregrass to watch out for scammers trying to get inside homes.

Last Friday, Geneva Police Chief Frankie Lindsey says an 85-year-old woman had $800 stolen from her home.

Two men posing as utility company workers came to the woman's door asking to do an energy audit to save her money.

While one spoke at the doorway, the second suspect was inside looking for cash.

An Alabama Power spokesman says the company will never arbitrarily send employees to a household for that purpose.

In addition, they’ll have proper identification.

"The customer would have to make the request before we would do an energy audit of a home. Upon that request the employee would have a proper ID badge, and be in a gulf power shirt and be in uniform,” said Vann Bradshaw of Alabama Power Co.

Geneva Police say they don't have much to go on. Only that the two suspects are white males, and one is overweight with long sideburns.


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