The Boynton Beach Police Department is warning residents after a couple posed as city workers to enter an elderly woman's home.
Police responded to the home of an 84-year-old woman on Monday after she reported that a man and woman knocked on her door saying they were city workers, according to police. But when she went into her bedroom after they were gone, her dresser drawers had been rummaged through, but nothing was taken.
“I’ve been with the agency for 12-and-a-half years and I can't recall an incident or a scam like this occurring," Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said.
The woman told police the couple said they were contracted by the City of Boynton Beach to "look at things." The woman took her to the back porch while the man walked around inside her home. She says the "city workers" were at her home for about 10 minutes.
“The victim then went back into her home and noticed that the dresser drawers in her bedroom had been rummaged through. Fortunately, nothing was taken," Slater said. “Ultimately, they could face burglary and scheme to defraud charges.”
Senior scam expert Marvin Badler calls this a Push & Shove scam.
“Another person behind the person would distract me, and then somebody could just walk into the apartment and have themselves a look around," said Badler, manager of Senior vs. Crimes, a group created by the Florida Attorney General’s Office to help seniors who have been victimized by all types of scams.
The only Boynton Beach employees who will come to and enter your home without an appointment are police officers, firefighters, fire marshals or community standard inspectors if you live in a rented property, according to police.
"If someone comes to your home and does not have a City of Boynton Beach photo ID card, business card and marked vehicle parked outside, they are not employed by the city. Do not let them into your home and call 911," Slater said.