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Storm Chasers Targeting Aiken County, SC

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Sheriff Michael Hunt of Aiken County says, "If you wanna come out here and be a bunch of crooks and we catch you doing a criminal act then we're gonna prosecute you."

It's been two weeks since the ice storm crippled Aiken County.

But Sheriff Hunt's phone is still ringing off the hook.

He says people living in Aiken County won't stop calling about storm chasers and Hunt says the elderly are most at risk.

Virginia Vladika had a brush with scammers a couple of years ago and she says that even though they weren't tree removal scammers, to watch out.

Vladika says, "The elderly I guess they think we're all stupid and a lot of people did suffer. They were burglarized."

Vladika says opening your doors to a stranger could lead to worse.

"The scam was that one person would keep you occupied the other people that were supposedly measuring the windows would then proceed to burglarize the house," said Vladika.

She says con artists don't discriminate and to keep your guard up.

"They're very smooth and slick and a lot of times they will come as a couple. A man and a woman, thinking that if a woman is with the person that it's better. It's not, they are just people that are out to take advantage of whoever they can," said Vladika.

If you've never seen a scammer in your neighborhood Vladika has some advice for you.

"Tell them you're not interested, that you have somebody that you are going to contact and above all don't let them in your house," said Vladika.

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