Sentara says two women are scamming elderly Norfolk residents

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Sentara Healthcare officials say two women claiming to be with Sentara Home Care Services are scamming elderly residents in Norfolk.

Sentara says an incident was reported in the Poplar Hall neighborhood this week. Thieves reportedly took cash from a 93-year-old woman’s purse.

According to Sentara, one of the women claimed she is pregnant and that she needed to sit down. They then asked the homeowner for tea.

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One of them created a distraction while the other looked for valuables and stole cash from her purse.

Sentara spokesman Dale Gauding told WAVY.com, “One of the things Sentara builds it’s reputation on is trust with patients and their families and this is clearly a violation of that good name. It just really bothers us that people would use our good name to try and perform a criminal act.”

The women are reportedly African-American and have no Sentara identification.

Similar incidents were reported in 2015, where two women were said to have shown up unannounced at the door of elderly residents. The women mentioned in the report took $400 from a Norfolk woman.

Sentara says other incidents have been reported in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake.

Sentara says they do not show up unannounced and ask for entry into residents’ homes or ask for hospitality or tea. Residents can call 757-553-3000 to verify identity.

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