Neighbors raise money for 89-year-old fraud victim

Police are searching for the man seen in the green shirt after he reportedly scammed an elderly woman. (Provided Photo)

ALEXANDRIA, Ind. (WISH) — People in Madison County are raising money to help an 89-year-old fraud victim. Police said a man tricked the elderly woman into giving him $2,000 dollars last week.

Officials said they have a person of interest, but they’re still working to get more information and track that person down. In the meantime, people in Alexandria are wasting no time helping out a neighbor.

When Alexandria resident Holly Webb heard one of her neighbors was the victim of a crime, she started an online fundraiser.

“I felt compelled to do something for her,” Webb said.

Webb lives down the street from the victim, in the neighborhood where police said a man knocked on an 89-year-old woman’s door last week and convinced her he’d done some work on her roof. The two went to a PNC Bank, where he got her to withdraw the money and hand it over.

“I sat out in the yard and I cried for about an hour straight. I really did. I just sobbed,” Webb said of the moment she heard the story.

Webb said she’s never met the victim, but the woman is known in Alexandria for all the right reasons.

“She did so many things for others in her lifetime,” Webb said.

Webb’s goal is to raise the money the woman lost and raise awareness to the crime to help police catch the thief. Officials said the man could face charges of theft and fraud.

“You hear about that happening in larger cities,” Webb said. “You don’t hear about that happening in our small town.”

Click here to see the online fundraiser.

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