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Seafood sale was fishy woman, 84, finds out

Hernando County authorities are investigating what they describe as a seafood sales scam in which one woman reported being taken for $204.

An 84-year-old woman told a Hernando sheriff's deputy that two men came into her home on Canal Drive, north of Brooksville, and offered to fill her freezer with shrimp and seafood. But after she wrote a check for $204 and the men left, she discovered that they left behind about $25 worth of fish and stuffing.

"When somebody approaches you, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is," said Sgt. Frank Bierwiler, a sheriff's spokesman.

Bierwiler advised people to call the Sheriff's Office at 754-6830 if they are unsure about vendors' backgrounds.

In Monday's seafood scam, the victim said she had purchased food from the same vendor several years ago and was satisfied with what she bought. But this time, she said he was with another man and she was distracted when he loaded the items into her freezer.

The woman, whose name is not being published to protect her identity, said she wrote a check and the man told her not to fill in his name. By the time she figured out that she had been conned and tried to stop payment on her check, it had been cashed.

"It breaks my heart how I skimp and save only to have this happen," the woman said.