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Residents warned to beware of scam

Halifax County Sheriff’s Office is investigating scams reported in the community over the past three weeks.

The scam targets elderly females and “is very personal in nature with individuals approaching residences,” according to Halifax County Sheriff Fred S. Clark.

Within the past three weeks, the sheriff said several different incidents believed to be related have involved the same scam.

Based on details given during the investigations, three elderly females in different locations of the county -- Chatham Road, Cluster Springs Road and Philpott Road -- have been approached by a white male who came to their residence and informed them he was there to place stakes around the premises of their property.

The reasons varied from placing stakes for a power line or surveying property or for another reason. 

In all incidents, he asked the victim to come outside with him so he could show them where the work was going to be done. 

When the victim comes outside to “be shown where the work is done,” Clark said it is believed a second unknown suspect attempts to gain entry into the residence. 

“Based on pry and damage marks on one of the victim’s doors, we believe that their scheme works like this: one suspect distracts the victim, while the other suspect attempts to gain entry or to break into the residence while the victim is lured away,” Clark said. 

The male who approached the victims has been described as a white male, approximately 30 years old, wearing cargo shorts, T-shirt and a baseball hat. No description was given for a second suspect. 

Authorities continue to follow up on leads.

“We have a couple descriptions of the vehicle that the suspects are driving including a beige or grey pick-up truck and an older model white car. Unfortunately, we have no make or tag descriptions of the vehicles,” the sheriff said. 

He encourages county residents to spread the word to family, neighbors and any elderly people in the community who may not have access to social media. 

“Please do not allow these people to get you out of your home and please call 911 immediately if this happens to you,” Clark said. 

The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office is working with Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office who also is investigating two similar incidents in their county regarding the same scheme. 

In Mecklenburg County it was reportedly a male and a female participating in this scam.  

Anyone with information on this scam is asked to contact the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office at 434-476-3339.  

Deputy T. H. Clarke, Sgt. C. S. Yeatts, and Investigator C. S. Hudson are investigating the three scam reports in Halifax County.