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Spartanburg deputies say bogus workers targeting elderly

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SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies in Spartanburg are looking for a pair of men scamming elderly residents in rural parts of the county. Deputies say the men pose as construction workers, lure people out of their homes, then rob them while they are distracted. So far deputies say the men have robbed or tried to rob four people.

Reuben Rink says the men came to his home on Old Converse Road last night claiming to work for a fiber optic cable company. Rink says when the men insisted that he and his wife both leave the house to survey the property line he became suspicious and confronted the men about their intentions, "He did say it wasn't a scam but he didn't have a badge on or a uniform but he argued with me about it." Rink said the men eventually left without incident.

About an hour after leaving Rink's home another woman called deputies saying that two men posing as surveyors had forced their way inside her Inman home and robbed her. The eighty-eight year old woman says she became suspicious of the men and tried to lock the door but they busted the door open. Investigators believe the same men who robbed the woman where at Rink's home earlier.

Rink and the woman describe the men as thin build and driving a white or tan pickup truck with no markings on it. Rink says the truck was a late model Dodge Ram with tinted windows and said one of the men had an accent.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office or crime stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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