(WOIO) - The elderly are often targeted by scammers because they don't believe people can be so dishonest. This story shows how pervasive it is with seniors getting taken advantage of nationwide.
She trusted them to seal her driveway, but instead, investigators say a father and son ended up scamming a Kentucky woman out of more than $40,000.
The local sheriff's office charged Jonathan Forbes Sr., 52, and Jonathan Forbes Jr., 24, with theft by deception.
The victim says the work on her driveway started in the spring.
"And then to be used like that," she said, "Which is what I was: used."
It ended when the sheriff showed up at her door.
"First thing he said is, 'You're being scammed.' And I thought, 'Oh, God,'" she said.
She said the two men kept coming back to her driveway, running into supposed problems that meant more work -- in total, $40,000 for work deputies said should have cost less than $400. It's an expensive tab for this woman and her husband, a World War II veteran.
The victim asked not to be identified, for fear that others might also try to exploit her.
"There are always people like that around, I'm sorry to say," she said. "More so now than there have been in the past."
The sheriff says a worker at a local bank tipped them off to how much money the two men were bringing in from the job.
Whoever it was that helped her, she says she's grateful.
"I'm very appreciative of what you did," the victim said. "It was a very good thing to do. Thank you. Thank you very much."
She also has a warning for others: Get a second bid.
"It's like somebody said to me, 'You're too trusting.' And I guess that's what it is," she said.
The victim said investigators luckily recovered the last check before it was cashed.
The Forbes duo are behind bars, scheduled to appear in court this week.
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