Consumer Alert: Scam artists nearly cost woman her home

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Jackie Smith is trying to help her 88-year-old aunt save her home from foreclosure after a con artist stole it right out from under her.

A man named Larry Bradshaw convinced Smith's aunt, Agnes Dismuke, to give him power of attorney over her.

"He used the Power of Attorney to obtain credit cards, loans and for his own personal gain," says U.S. Postal Inspector Don Washington.

In fact, postal inspectors say Bradshaw refinanced Dismuke's home with a reverse mortgage. He made off with $51,000 and Agnes never saw a dime.

"He didn't see any husband here, and he just took advantage of me," Dismuke says.

Dismuke was unaware any of this was happening. Now, Dismuke is in jeopardy of losing her home.

"This is despicable. She has been here all of her life," says Smith.

Postal inspectors say this is an important warning for the elderly living alone.

"If at all possible, get help from close friends or family especially before making financial transactions and especially with people you don't know," says Washington.

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