Henrico family almost fell victim to scam that targets elderly

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — The 80-year-old wasn’t expecting to have any repairs done on his home when three men approached him Wednesday.

“My father-in-law, got in a conversation with one, in his backyard, and was in a situation where he wasn’t paying attention to the house — they began spraying,” says the man’s son-in-law.

The men were, the son-in-law explained,  spraying a black coating on two sides of the homes foundation.

Then, within just a matter of minutes the men were demanding money for work they had done.

“There’s no way around it, it was definitely a scam to try to get money from people, that’s it.”


The men left empty-handed when the 80-year-old refused to pay, but concerned family members  called Henrico County police, who are now investigating.

Investigators said this is the time of the year they see schemes targeting older homeowners, from paving driveways to roofing work.

Police added it should be a red flag to have someone unsolicited show up, to do any work on your home.

Police advised that before any paperwork is signed, ask to see their business license and ask for references.

In this case the family came forward to warn others, and to urge the public  to keep a close eye on elderly parents and older neighbors.

Police say if you see work being done at a neighbor’s home, say something to them to make sure it is legitimate.

And if suspicious, call the police.

In this case, police are investigating it as a vandalism.

If you have any information about this crime or one similar, call Henrico County Police at 501-5000.

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