PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Portsmouth police say scammers are going door to door, telling residents they owe banks hundreds of dollars.
Charlie White, 88, received a knock at his front door from a man wearing a suit, telling him he was in a lot of trouble.
"He said someone told him that the people in this house did the robbing of Wachovia Banks," White said.
The stranger accused everyone in White's family of robbing banks.
"I didn't have any thoughts or any idea that I was being bamboozled," White said.
White says another man walked up, carrying paperwork.
"He had three sheets of paper and it had a lot of serial numbers on there," White said. "I told him the only money that I worked with or handled was a couple weeks ago."
The men told White they wanted to compare serial numbers on White's money with serial numbers of bills they claimed were stolen. White brought $700 in cash he had to them men.
"He looked at it and for some reason he switched that money. He gave me an envelope with stuffed paper in it and took my money," White said.
By the time White realized what happened, the men were long gone.
Portsmouth police say similar cases have been reported by senior citizens in Norfolk and Hampton.
"I was hurt that I lost my money, but I should have been a little smarter," White said.
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