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Elderly Lexington Man Scammed During Storm

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A Lexington man clears snow off his roof.

A Lexington man clears snow off his roof.

LEXINGTON (CBS) – As the snow piles up, so do the scams. Police are now looking for a pair of con artists who took advantage of an elderly Lexington man.

Police said the two men offered to rake the roof of the elderly man’s home on Grove Street for $75, but took off once they received the money.

Neighbor Joe Stivaletta just bought a brand new snow rake because he knows all the snow could do some real damage to the roof.

WBZ-TV’s Kate Merrill reports.

“It will be too much weight and it’ll fall in and be inconveant,” said Stivaletta. “It’s a lot of work. It’d be nice to have somebody else do it.”

Police advised that offering money to any stranger for help may not be a good idea. Stivaletta’s neighor found out the hard way.

“That’s horrible! How could people do that, especially to elderly people?” said Min Chang, a neighbor.

Chang, who lives on the same street as the victim, said winter should be about helping each other.

“My neighbor is an old lady, and we even shovel her mailbox pathway for her,” said Chang.

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