by Taranaki Daily News, 9 Dec 2013
Families of vulnerable elderly people are being urged to ensure thay have a strategy that prevents exploitation by scammers.
Sergeant Terry Johnson raised the issue after an 83-year-old woman living alone paid two men $1700 in cash for two hour's work cutting her camellia trees on Saturday.
Mr Johnson said police were aware of the methods of the group, which was based in the Waikato but operated throughout the North Island. They generally went into nicely kept areas of a town and targeted the elderly.
"These low-lifes will scam everyone they can."
He urged the community to ensure all families had a plan in place to avoid elderly people being ripped off.
"We want to appeal to the children of elderly parents to alert them to the story and put in place a stratergy so that they ring the children or someone they trust when someone offers to sell them anything or are offering services."