Couple Posing As City Employees Scams ResidentsBy Robert Siciliano Apr 15, 2011 | 9:55:00 amPosted in: Family, Home, Personal Safety
NECN reports “a husband and wife from North Carolina are in court in Massachusetts charged with scamming their way into homes. Police say the couple stole from a house by posing as electrical inspectors. The 75-year-old homeowner says he and his wife were distracted by a woman while man ransacked their home. It turned out they were able to frighten their intruders away and nothing was stolen but investigators believe lots of other people were robbed by the couple in many other states.
"This is how they make their living. This is what they do," said the Deputy Chief. When they were picked up by police, they allegedly had more than $60,000 in cash and stolen goods with them as well as two children ages 8 and 10.”
What a mess.
This is a common trick a burglar may use to invade your home. I did this on the Montel Williams Show to prove a point. It was real simple. I ring the door bell standing in the doorway with a clip board, measuring tape and wearing a tool belt, a green jumpsuit and have a badge saying I’m from the local water company. The homeowner, a woman says “Hello, how can I help you?” and I inform the homeowner that I’m with the water company and need to come inside to check the “colorization” and PH of their water.
Every door I knocked on the person let me in. Some people were a little more resistant, but I still got in.
The previous message isn’t a “How to” it’s a “Look for this” so don’t go getting any bright ideas Kojack.
We are a kind, trusting and civil species. We trust by default. We want to help, we want to accommodate and we don’t ever want to think “bad” is on the other side of the door or “bad” will ever happens to us.
There’s lots of bad out there. And sometimes it has kids in the car waiting. What a mess.
Robert Siciliano personal and home security specialist to Home Security Source discussing Home Invasions on Montel Williams. Disclosures
Beware of Door to Door Conmen
Who Is Really Knocking On Your Door?
How to Prevent Door to Door Scams
Don’t Let Strangers Enter Your Home
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