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New Scam Targeted At The Elderly

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 YAKIMA, Wa.- This past Wednesday afternoon two unsuspecting homeowners in Terrace Heights got a visit from three men they believed to be their health care providers, unfortunately this is just the latest in scams targeted at the elderly.

The incident took place just this past Wednesday when three middle aged men impersonated medical suppliers from a local business. The men came into an elderly couple's home pretending to do a routine check of medical equipment, but instead stealing money from their home. The CEO at Keelers Medical Supply and he told me this recent invasion of home and trust has left him and his employees upset.

"It's definitely frustrating and for our patients we definitely want to make sure that their safety is first in our minds," said CEO  Chuck Vetsch.

Officials at the sheriff's office say these men were in a white SUV, with no Keelers identification or logos.  They say that's a good indication something could be off.  All medical suppliers at the company should have an id badge, company shirt, and a Keelers van or truck when making deliveries, to ensure their client's safety.

 Officials say they've heard of this scam in areas across the country,  but this is the first reported incident in Yakima. They're encouraging people to be cautious and watch out for these suspected men.

"We always have that segment of society that's unscrupulous enough to take advantage of anybody they can, the elderly can be particularly vulnerable at times," Detective Mike Russell of the Yakima Sheriff's Office told us.

At this time authorities are still searching for the suspected men, but Keelers employees are tightening up their security to make sure something like this doesn't affect any more of their customers.


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