Good Samaritan helps elderly Bartlett couple after tree trimming scam

WATCH: Tips to avoid becoming the victim of a scam

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Crews with Harrison Tree Service stepped up to help an elderly Bartlett couple who was taken advantage of.

Luther and Shirley Till's son contacted FOX13 after he said his parents were scammed out of $14,000 by a a tree trimmer who only cut down a few branches and never hauled away the debris.

Original story: Elderly couple scammed out of $14,000 by tree trimmer in Bartlett, son says

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Mitch Harrison offered to help the couple free of charge.

His crews inspected the problem, fertilized the soil, pruned limbs and took a few extra minutes to clean up. Something the other contractor didn't do.

"It did not take us all that much time and it is just a kind thing to do," said Mitch Harrison.

The Till's were beyond grateful for Harrison's help.

"He has been a great man and the lord sent him here," said Luther Till.

According to the Bartlett Police Department, this incident is still under investigation.

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According to Harrison and the Better Business Bureau here are ways to protect yourself from getting scammed:

  • Say NO to an unsolicited offer
  • Ask the contractor if they are insured, then verify with the insurance company
  • Get everything in writing with description for the work and materials
  • Pay only a third down
  • Use a credit card if possible