ABQ couple warns senior citizens about in-person scam

Created: 05/28/2014 10:08 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A Northeast Heights couple says they were targeted by scammers posing as healthcare workers, and they want to warn others so they don’t fall victim.

Dan and Clara Garcia say two women came to their door along with a child, leaving a teenager in their gray minivan. The Garcias trusted them at first, but later realized they were casing the inside and outside of their home for things to steal.

“Right away when they left this I told Clara I said right away, the whole thing didn't smell good to me, it's kind of a... something's wrong here you know?” Dan Garcia said.

Clara and Dan Garcia have gotten through a lot together in their 49 years of marriage, but recent years have brought health issues and made it tougher to get around. So when two women posing as nurses knocked on their door offering free help around the house, they were open to the idea.

“I asked her in... that was my first mistake. But by then my husband came in and she explained that they were being paid by "Albuquerque Partners" and we didn't have to be charged anything,” Clara Garcia said.

Even though they claimed to be nurses, they said they could also clean and wanted to see how much work there was. They started looking around the Garcia’s home without permission. Eventually they left on their own, but promised they’d be back. The Garcias knew something wasn’t right.

“They didn't have an official documentation that I would say...she just....homemade sign in a plastic, with a chain,” Dan Garcia said.

They’re speaking out so other people aren’t haunted by something as simple as opening their door.

“Oh my gosh, yes. I couldn't sleep last night thinking they're gonna come back and pick up what they saw in the house,” Clara Garcia said.

The couple’s neighbors are looking out for them so if thieves come back, they’ll be ready. The Garcias say the women drove a gray minivan and had fake IDs that said “ABQ Partners” on them. 

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