RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — An elderly couple in Richmond answered their door to two men who claimed to be from the water department.
The men showed the couple a badge, so the two seniors let them in. By the time the couple realized the men were not who they said they were, it was already too late.
George and Catherine Priester told 8News that they were tricked inside their own home.
“It made me feel terrible that I had been taken advantage of,” said C. Priester.
“You’re not safe nowhere,” said G. Priester.
The couple told 8News that two water department imposters came knocking on their door.
“Soon as I went to the door, they wanted to speak to the man of the house,” said C. Priester.
When she got her husband, the scam artists showed their badges and were let into the home.
The two men told the couple to wait in the bathroom so they could run a few water tests.
“My husband had to turn the faucet on and off for 20 minutes because they said they were inserting dye to insert the pipes and I had to turn the bathroom faucet on and off for 20 minutes,” said C. Priester.
The two thieves kept the Priesters busy as they went through their drawers pretending to check on their water pipes.
“After they left I went to the purse and the money was gone. I knew they took it,” said C. Priester. The amount they stole?
“50 dollars,” said G. Priester.
“Don’t ever let anyone in your house unless you’re sure who they are,” explained C. Priester.
Their son, Dino, told 8News he’s happy his parents were unharmed.
“I was grateful that my parents were okay,” said D. Priester.
Richmond Public Utilities told 8News that whenever they have a service order inside your home, they will call ahead of time to let you know that technicians are on the way.