Big Island police warn of scam targeting elderly

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Big Island police are warning the public about a scam targeting the elderly.

Police say they have received complaints about unlicensed contractors soliciting elderly residents for home projects such as painting or power washing. The scam works by asking for full payment up front but then only a portion of the work is completed. The victim tries to contact the contractor who never returns to finish the job.

In an incident earlier this week, police say an 87-year-old man reported that a couple offered to power-wash his roof. After agreeing on a price, the woman said she needed to go inside to close the windows. The man distracted the victim. After the couple left without completing the job, the victim found several valuables were missing from the house.

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