Elderly Widows Targeted in Scam


OGDEN - A scam is targeting elderly widows in Champaign County.

Sheriff Dan Walsh says two Ogden women were scammed on Aug. 24, days after losing their husbands.

The suspect came to their doors claiming to be raising money for the Shriners Children Hospital. One victim declined but the other welcomed him into her home and wrote a check. She then left the room to bring him a glass of water, at which time he stole $100.

The suspect is described as a white man in his early twenties. It is believed he reads the obituaries to select his targets. In both reported cases, he entered the passenger seat of a white/grayish vehicle when leaving. There is no description for his driver.

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