Elderly West Allis resident scammed out of hundreds of dollars by men promising to do "concrete work"
WEST ALLIS Wis. (CBS 58) -- An elderly West Allis resident was scammed out of hundreds of dollars.
According to police, two men knocked on the man's door near 79th and Oklahoma. They promised to do some concrete work for the elderly man, convinced him to give them hundreds of dollars, and then left. They never returned to complete the work.
One man was described as "John," white, about 23 years of age, about 5'09" tall, about 165 pounds. The other man was described as "Sam," white, about 55 years of age, about 6'3" tall, about 185 pounds. The men were wearing yellow reflective traffic vests. They were driving a a beige 2-door pickup, possibly a 2017 Toyota Tacoma, with a logo of "A&P."
If you know who either of these men might be or have additional information about this case, please contact the West Allis Police Department at (414) 302-8000.
Police issued the following statement, "We remind everyone to be cautious of unsolicited phone calls or visitors. Ensure you have done your "homework" before giving someone money or something of value. That means checking companies out through the Better Business Bureau and/or the internet; contacting references; verifying the accuracy of information being provided (i.e., like in cases were a person gets a phone call from someone who claims they need money right away because the person's loved one was jailed or kidnapped). Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It usually doesn't hurt to take your time before making a decision to give someone money or something of value for a service - don't let someone rush you into making a decision."