ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Seventy-three-year-old Reda Ferguson has been on the edge for the past three days.
“I don’t want to be a victim again,” Ferguson said. “I feel like I can’t trust anybody.”
She is one of two people in Rockingham County who were robbed Saturday afternoon by a man in a white pickup truck claiming to be a FEMA agent.
“He said he was here to check out some trees,” said Ferguson, who lives in Stoneville.
He claimed he was there to assess damage from the ice storm in February, asked her to come outside, and if anyone else was home.
“I felt like something was wrong,” Ferguson said.
While Ferguson was outside, another man was in the home.
When she walked back in her home, more than $400 worth of jewelry, prescription pills and cash were gone.
“We see scams every day,” said Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page.
Page says a 63-year-old woman in Eden was also robbed that afternoon by someone using the same FEMA scam.
“I don’t want to see another senior in Rockingham County victimized by someone trying one of these scams,” Page said.
Page says homeowners should ask for ID or a badge if approached by someone claiming to be from FEMA or any other governmental agency.
He says if it doesn’t sound legit, call police.
It’s the kind of advice Ferguson wishes she would have gotten a few days earlier but has come up with another plan instead.
“If this happens again, I’m going to have my pistol next to me,” she said.