|Updated: 6/18/2013 9:02 am
||Published: 6/18/2013 12:39 am
A Broken Arrow family said their elderly mother was conned out of a lot of cash.
Margie Ferguson and her family said they contacted FOX23, because they wanted to warn others.
Ferguson has lived in her Broken Arrow home for the last 20 years. Last week, she left with a man who had been doing work in her neighborhood.
"He said, 'I'll bring you right back,'" said Ferguson. "He seemed real nice. He didn't threaten me."
Ferguson agreed to take a ride with him to the bank.
"I think he's a con man," said Ferguson's daughter, Virginia Turner.
Turner is still upset. She said a man named Andrew had trimmed a tree for her 86-year-old mother. They paid him $40, but then he came back when Ferguson was alone.
He convinced Ferguson that her carport needed work. The man even claimed he'd done the same job for another neighbor.
"He said, 'When I get through, I'll figure it up, and see how much you owe me,'" said Ferguson.
Ferguson said by his calculation, she owed him much more than the carport is worth: $1,400.
"That's a lot of money. We're just lucky we had it in there, or unlucky," said Ferguson.
Ferguson said he insisted on cash.
"Police literally, legally can't do anything about it," said Turner. "He did the job and she paid him."
Turner and Ferguson said they haven't seen him since.
"He was going to come back the next day, because he was going to give me a discount," said Ferguson.
Ferguson said the man was supposed to give her 20 percent off the original cost.
Police suggest digging into a person's background before hiring them for repair work. Also, check their record with the Better Business Bureau.