Ten year magazine subscriptions
I'm on the board of one of the communitys senior housing facilities ansd a large sign posted by the door says NO SOLICITING. During the work week some of our office staff can watch the entrance area and are good about questioning any one they think might be a bit suspicious. Last Saturday, a young woman, described as very cute and Oh so polite, reminded me of a granddaughter, made the rounds of our facility supposedly selling magazine subscriptions all to help a school for disadvantaged children. You guessed it a scam. This facility is for the elderly and frail according to HUD's rules. This gal talked at least 8 of them into buying ten year subscriptions for some probably non-existant magazines. But, in every case, she asked to use their bathrooms, well they all thought her so nice and cute of course they agreed. She emptied every one of their pill bottles but left the bottle, the only ones that didn't get taken that way were the ones that had their pills in the kitchen where it was visible.
She apparently did the same with less success at a facility for more mobile and younger residents.
When some of tthe residents began complaining to others that they didn't realize their pill supply was so low that one of them sort of got the idea that something was amiss. When we heard about it of course the police were notified, nothing they could do of course but talk to the residents and try to tell them that this is a scam that often is tried on the elderly. Some of these residents are in the high eighties and low nineties. This scammer was able to talk them into 10 year subscriptions but even three days later some won't believe that they have been taken. But, she was such a sweet young lady, she couldn't have been dishonest.
We don't have it in the budget for camera security, HUD won't O.K it but we are going to buy a security camera anyway. It just won't go in the budget as a camera.
It would appear that the total take in our 30 unit facility is close to $1800 and I'm sure the pills had a street value.
The sad part, I don't think that some of the residents believe thy have been taken.