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Scam artist swipes $40K from elderly woman in Burbank

Shirley Brewster, 88, of Burbank, was scammed out of more than $40,000 by a con artist.

August 24, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Burbank police are warning of scam artists after an 88-year-old woman was bilked out of more than $40,000.

Shirley Brewster's relatives told investigators that a stranger talked her into handing over the money. A male suspect came to her home posing as roof repair man, and then convinced her to move money from her savings account into her checking account. Then, he got her to sign it over.

"And they totaled $42,740," said Linda Rakisits, Brewster's daughter. "Somebody came in here and talked her into writing all these checks."

Brewster suffers from dementia and has no recollection of writing the checks.

Police fear more elderly people are being targeted.