Scam artists posing as city workers rip off elderly Oklahomans

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OKLAHOMA CITY-- Oklahoma City police are warning people to be on the lookout for a group of traveling scam artists.

In the last month, police say the suspects have ripped off multiple elderly victims all over the city.

In most of the cases, the suspects wore safety vests, had measuring tapes, and two way radios.

They even put traffic cones around their truck doing everything they could to look official and get the victims to let down their guard.

"I think it's a dirty shame. I could be more explicit but I won't," said one victim, Clifford McEntire.

Clifford says one of the con men told him he wanted to cut down some trees along his fence line.

Using a handheld radio the suspect kept Clifford distracted while another man broke into his home.

"All the time he was on the radio and then all of a sudden he said, 'I gotta go. See ya,'" said McEntire.

In a different case, the suspects pretended to examine the drainage ditch broke into another victim's home.

"There's various excuses for why they need to be in the back yard, but once they lure them there another suspect burglarizes the residence," said Oklahoma City police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow.

Police offer some simple advice to keep people from falling victim to these sorts of scams.

"A legitimate employee will have the proper ID, but if you don't feel comfortable call 911," said Wardlow.

All three crimes took place this month, but it's not clear if the suspects are still in the area.

Still, anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers.

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