A Missouri man is facing charges for allegedly trying to scam elderly homeowners, and bank workers are credited with actions that led to his arrest.

The Southeast Missourian reports that 50-year-old William E. Riley of Hannibal is charged with attempted financial exploitation of the elderly and resisting arrest.

Authorities say Riley went to the home of an 88-year-old Scott City woman on Dec. 1, inspected her lightning rods, and told her she owed $4,500 for repairs.

Police say Riley tried to cash the woman's check at a Regions Bank in Scott City, but suspicious bank workers called the victim, who told them she was intimidated into writing the check.

Riley was arrested days later. He is jailed on $2,500 bond and does not have a listed attorney.

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