The Winona County Sheriff's Department is investigating a possible scam involving someone calling elderly residents seeking work.
Sheriff Dave Brand said he has been getting reports from elderly residents in the Fremont, Lewiston, and Rollingstone areas from a male seeking yard work and other fix-up work. Brand said the man is making claims he needs the money for a son or daughter's operation or he may be checking to see if anyone is at home.
Brand said he believes the calls from the same man may be phony.
Brand says it's been an ongoing problem and may have been happening for as long as a year.
Brand is advising anyone getting such a call to notify the Law Enforcement Center immediately and not agree to hire the person or turn over any money in advance of any work.