Indianapolis police are warning of a home healthcare scam targeting senior citizens. Investigators have released a photo of a woman accused of taking wallets and purses from the homes of people she visited for a fake health evaluation.
"She woke me up pounding on the door," said one of the victims, who spoke anonymously to Fox59 News.
"I just knew I did wrong by opening the door," the victim said.
Police released surveillance photos of the suspect and describe her as 25-30 years old, 6 feet 2 inches tall. In each case, she has worn a green ID card, which she uses as her medical credential. During one incident at Robin Run Senior Living she said she was an employee of the on-site Health Center. During the other incident, she said she was a home healthcare worker from IU Methodist Hospital.
In both cases she claimed to be conducting a home health evaluation, and appeared to do exactly that.
"She was very nice and she knew what she was talking about," the victim said. "I've been through this before, legally, and she had it down pretty pat."
After answering a few questions about her equipment and her health, the victim left the room briefly. It wasn't until hours later she realized something was missing.
"I went in and checked where my purse had been and sure enough it was gone," she said.
So were her wedding rings.
"They were in my purse. I was going to take them in for resizing," the victim said. "Everything else I could replace. You feel violated."
"We want to hear from those individuals," said Kendale Adams, Public Information Officer for the IMPD.
Adams said investigators believe there are other victims out there, but that it can be difficult to get them to come forward if they live in senior communities.
"I think the communities do a good job of getting the word out," Adams said. "However, I wouldn't say that they necessarily do a good job of getting it to the police."
At least one victim is speaking out in hopes of helping others from making the same mistake.
"Make sure you know who you're letting in," she said.
Police said the suspect is driving a white or cream, late model, Dodge Charger or Magnum.
If you have any information please call CrimeStoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.
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