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Senior with Alzheimer's bilked out of $25K by roofer, OPP says

Provincial police say an 80-year-old woman in Centre Wellington is out more than $25,000 after she paid a roofer for multiple repairs that never happened.

Roofer promised services that were never delivered, according to police

Provincial police say an 80-year-old woman in Centre Wellington is out more than $25,000 after she paid a phony roofer for multiple repairs that never happened. (Benoit Daoust/Shutterstock)

Provincial police say an 80-year-old woman in Centre Wellington is out more than $25,000 after she paid a roofer for multiple repairs that never happened.

The victim also has Alzheimer's disease, which likely added to her vulnerability, said OPP Const. Joshua Cunningham.

"What we have here is a situation where a senior has established a lifetime of wealth, plus that coupled with the vulnerability aspect," said Cunningham.

"We find ourselves up against this kind of fraud more and more often."

Cunningham said fraud victims are often reluctant to contact police because they worry they've made a mistake. He said it's important for victims to get in touch with investigators as soon as possible. 

He said people can avoid becoming targets for fraudsters by ignoring unsolicited sales calls and emails, and never letting strangers into their homes.

Police have charged a 25-year-old "known suspect" with fraud in this case. The accused will appear in a Guelph courtroom March 20.