A new take on an old scam was reported Friday to High Country Radio and GoBlueRidge.net, a local contractor targeted in an elaborate scam that would have entwined a local real estate agency, had Erin McCutcheon of Log Home Maintenance, Inc. not stopped the scam in its tracks. McCutcheon said that she received text messages from a person claiming to be hearing impaired, and therefore only wanting to communicate by text, asking for a price on painting at a home they alleged they were buying in Seven Devils. As McCutcheon and the person on the other end of the texts exchanged a number of messages back and forth, McCutcheon