Crimetracker: Elderly woman explains how she got scammed out of hundreds


SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Fay Francis has read about scams targeting the elderly in the paper. But she never thought it would happen to her.

"I knew you don't do that, but I did. I did everything wrong," she said.

Francis was trying to swipe her card at a local gas station when a man stepped in to help her. She said he swiped her card and filled up her tank.

But the so called help didn't stop there.

Francis said the man also offered to get her a gift card she needed to buy. She trustingly handed him her credit card and gave him her pin number.

Surveillance video shows the man, who was accompanied by antoher man, inside the convenient store apparently buying that gift card. But Francis learned that's not all he bought. She said he bought five $100 gift cards.

The two men reportedly gave her the gift card but never returned her credit card. Francis told Local 8 News the men called her later that day claiming they found it. The men went to her Sevierville home and returned her credit card.

"They walked in, handed me my card. I thanked them," she said.

Francis said the men stayed for a while and chatted with her.

"They sat down, they said they were glad to have met me. They both shook my hand, got up and left," she said.

But they weren't as kind as she believed them to be. They reportedly left with some of her jewelry, her medication and trust.

Sevierville Police are still investigating.


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