DENVER (CBS4)– Police in Denver are warning about a scam involving people posing as alarm security employees. The suspects are targeting the elderly.
There have been two separate incidents in the North City Park neighborhood with the most recent happening on Tuesday.
About 7:10 p.m. two unknown white men came to the door of a 74-year-old victim. They stated they were with a security company and they were there to check the alarm system.
Once inside the men walked around and checked part of her alarm system and left. The suspects were seen leaving in a dark van. The victim checked her purse that was on the couch and found her wallet and other items missing.
On March 2 about 4 p.m. two unknown men knocked on the door of a 76-year-old victim telling her there was trouble with her alarm system.
Once inside the suspects began working on the alarm system. A short time later the woman’s husband returned home and began asking the suspect questions about the alarm.
The men immediately left and were seen driving away in a dark green colored car, unknown make and model.
The elderly couple then realized the suspects had taken the woman’s wallet which was later returned after money was taken and her credit card used.
The white men are described as wearing black suits; the first suspect is believed to be in his mid-20s, 5-foot-8, slim build and the second suspect is believed to be in his mid-30s, 6-foot with a medium build.
Police said it is unknown if the incidents are related but there are some similarities.
Police say to protect yourself don’t be afraid to be rude. You are not obligated to open the door for anyone you don’t know. Don’t open the door to anyone before you’ve checked who it is – look out of the window or use a spy hole in your door. If you open the door, keep the chain on while you find out who is knocking and what they want.
If you’re not expecting someone and you don’t know them, don’t let them into your home, no matter what they say to you. If someone claims to be from a company, such as a gas or electricity provider, always double check their identity – see the section below for tips on how to do that properly.
If someone is asking for a favor, such as to use your bathroom, borrow a pen or retrieve a ball, don’t let them in. Instead direct them to a shop, office or public place. It’s only natural to want to help someone, but sadly that’s one of the techniques often used by distraction burglars.
If you have any concerns about someone who has knocked at your door, call police immediately. If you have a chance try to note what they look like and any vehicle description they have with them, so police can investigate.