Lucille Jacobs, a 99-year-old Boca Raton woman, was the victim of robbery when a woman dressed in maternity clothes came knocking at her door. Jacobs’ daughter advised her to never answer the door, but the woman wouldn’t stop knocking and ringing the doorbell. The woman claimed to be from Florida Power and Light and told Jacobs that it was important that she spoke with her immediately. The imposter asked Jacobs if they could speak on her back patio and advised her that they would need to trim the trees and bushes to protect against hurricanes. When Jacobs returned inside her home, everything seemed normal until she went into her bedroom and found that she was missing clothing and jewelry, including an anniversary band her late husband gave her on their 55th wedding anniversary. Jacobs described the imposter as 5 foot 3, dark complexion, wearing maternity clothes and drove a beige car. The Boca Raton police are investigating the incident and have not yet found the culprits.
Fraud Expert, Linda Webb, aka The Fraud Dog says fraudsters will attack 100% demographic of America. Rich or poor, old or young, living in rural or urban housing, etc. It does not matter to the fraudster, they will steal from anyone. In this case a 99 year old elderly victim was scammed during a “distraction fraud scam”. This fraudster’s objective was to get you to open your front door and someone misrepresenting themselves as, for example, postal workers, delivery salesman, lottery winner executive, electric representatives, water representatives, alarm salesmen, real estate agents, fire department, police officers, and many other variations of workers in order to get your attention. Then this impersonator distracts you so that another perpetrator can slip into your home undetected to steal your personal belongings. If you find yourself in this situation, ask for a business card, take their photograph and ask to see their driver’s license. Contact the company for whom they may be working for. Bottom line: seek identification and don’t be fooled by the fraudsters’ decoy tactics, says Linda Webb The Fraud Dog.
To report potentially fraudulent activity, contact Linda Webb aka The Fraud Dog, leading fraud expert at 1-855-FRAUD-DOG.