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Person posing as volunteer enters elderly woman’s home, steals wallet

"We do not want it to happen again,” McClanahan said.  That's why the center is sending this letter with their meals today. "We do not want it to happen again,” McClanahan said. That's why the center is sending this letter with their meals today.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

A scammer posing as a volunteer with the Cape Girardeau Senior Center tricked an elderly woman out of her wallet.

Police say the thief took money, personal information and credit cards.

Now, the center has a warning for all seniors.

Volunteers and staff at the Cape Girardeau Senior Center cook, pack and deliver 200 meals to senior adults every weekday.

“One of our home delivered meal recipients had someone show up at her door representing us, which really wasn't us,” Center Administrator Susan McClanahan said.

McClanahan said the imposter showed up right after volunteers delivered the 86-year-old woman's meal, then demanded money for it.

"We would never do that,” McClanahan said.

McClanahan said the victim then let the criminal inside her home.

"She got her wallet stolen,” McClanahan said.

A trusting woman, who quickly became a victim.

"What kind of person would prey on senior adults, especially during Christmas,” McClanahan said.

And this certainly isn't the only incident of its kind. According to police, seniors are often victims of scams in person and over the phone. That's why it's important to not take anyone's word and to not be too trusting.

"We do not want it to happen again,” McClanahan said.

That's why the center is sending this letter with their meals on Wednesday, Dec. 10.

"Just be cautious, be aware, be alert,” McClanahan said.

McClanahan said the first thing to look for is an official logo indicating the person is really belongs to the organization they claim.

"We are in a van that has our name on it,” McClanahan said.

Also, never let someone you don't know inside or handle your purse or wallet and, most of all, trust your gut.

"Be careful, look out your window, if you don't feel comfortable opening the door, then don't,” McClanahan said.

McClanahan said they're also spreading the word of this incident to other area senior centers to help prevent similar scams.

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