Crime Alert Warns Of Scams Against Elderly

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A crime alert issued Thursday aims to warn residents about a man with a long history of construction scams against the elderly.

Authorities say Edward Lou Mason, 48, has scammed several elderly individuals in multiple states. Mason has several felony warrants out for his arrest for these incidents, according to police.

The latest incident occurred Tuesday, when Mason allegedly scammed a 98-year-old Falcon Heights, Minn. woman for construction work not needed (or completed). He charged her $1,850 for the work.

Mason is known to stay in campgrounds, trailer parks and cheap motels with his girlfriend, Jenny Lynn Dawson, 40. Authorities say they constantly change vehicles, never registered under his name. Police say they may be traveling under Dawson’s name.

Mason is described as a 5-foot-2 white man, around 245 pounds with balding hair and brown eyes. He is known to have access to a variety of vehicles, but mostly pickup trucks.

He was last known to be driving a white Ford F 350 pickup truck with a travel trailer with Iowa plates.

If you know the whereabouts of Mason or Dawson, you’re asked to contact local authorities.

  • Alistair Penrose

    Shame on our elderly population for being so easily confused and manipulated…If they are foolish enough to be deceived by this human bowling ball’s scams then they don’t deserve their money…Think of it as a “stupid tax”.

    • Morrigan Wilds

      I’m glad to see the american entreprenuarial spirit is alive and well…

    • jackactionhero

      My partner Donald & I were scammed out of money when we had our Floral shop painted last spring..The contractor was someone we met at Pride,so we assumed he could be trusted..It angers me when the Gay Community decieves its own.

  • Oh My!!

    Well lookie there. Eddie and Jenny. Ain’t diversity grand?

  • buggy

    Stays in a trailer park huh? My, how surprising this is — pieces of rubbish these two

  • Lagerhops

    He may be fat but he’s still just a tiny little thing.

  • Hmmmm

    To Alistair: I am assuming you are being sarcastic. If not, you are the one who is overdrawn on stupidity tax!

  • What is the scam, rooster egg sales?

    More great reporting. Did it occur to the reporter that the warning might be a tad more effective if he/she gave any details of how the scam works?

    The likes of Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite would spin in their graves at the shoddy reporting of today.

  • kevin

    Where are the wall street protestors on this one. These are two people that are in need of entitlements like the protestors,high paying jobs with little or no work involved,free health care, and someone else to pay off there college loans.

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