Scammers target the elderly living in Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Marion County Prosecutors are cracking down on scammers, especially those who are targeting the elderly.

Their advice is that if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That became a costly lesson that 95-year-old Jean Schutter found out the hard way.

Schutter answered a knock on her door and made a deal with an unfamiliar face.

According the IMPD report, Schutter gave a 45-year-old man thousands of dollars in exchange for home repair services. The services were never completed, and Schutter lost $4,500.

“He was connected with a group of people. I want them to get caught for what they did to me,” said Schutter.

Local prosecutors said they see these types of scams at least five times a week.

“They come in many different varieties. You won a car, the lottery or give money to a charity or send money to a sweepstakes. We find that seniors are more likely to fall victim because they are retired and accessible,” said Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Cindy Oetjen.

Scammers aren’t just showing up at the front door. They are also targeting victims through the Internet.

The prosecutor’s office offered these tips to keep residents safe:

  1. Don’t give personal information to strangers.
  2. To determine if a caller is legitimate, hang up, find the phone number and call back for verification on their identity.
  3. Shred mail and identifying documents.
  4. Don’t sign any document without having proper time to review it.

To learn more tips provided by the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office call 317-327-3522. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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