Elderly woman conned out of her cell phone

Elderly woman conned out of her cell phone

Imagine a nearly ninety-year-old grandmother being robbed while she was just trying to lend a helping hand. Well, that is exactly what happened yesterday to an elderly Belize City woman. The grandmother was walking home when she met a young woman who appeared to be a friend but turned out to be a fraud. Reporter Vejea Alvarez tells us more. 

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: In a heart-wrenching incident captured on surveillance footage, 89-year-old Carmen Ifield fell victim to the cunning tactics of an apparent serial thief who preyed upon her kindness and vulnerability. On Monday night, Ifield, hampered by aches, was making her way back from the grocery store near Euphrates Avenue when a young woman approached her, offering help under the guise of compassion.

Carmen Ifield, Victim of Phone Theft: “And I was coming and when I was coming the pain started on me. Started to hurt me. So when I looked a young lady came behind me and told me “grans want help?” I told her yes darling I want some help and she took my bag and came along with me and then she asked me “how far do you live ?”. So I pointed and told her I live right where that tree is. So her and I came along here. When we got to the corner there she was standing up she said “Grans, lend me your phone so I can put my number in your phone that when you need anything you could call me and I could go buy it for you.” I said okay sweetheart. She said “Because I don’t have anything to do.” So I told her well you can come sit down out here with me sometimes because it’s me one sit down out here you know ? She said “Alright grans.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: Little did Ifeild know that behind the facade of compassion laid the deliberate intent of a seasoned criminal. That’s because instead of assisting the elderly woman, the crook tricked Ifield into borrowing her cell phone.

Carmen Ifield, Victim of Phone Theft: “So when she finished that she said “Lend me your phone so I can call my dad so I can tell him to put the key when I come.” She said “My dad is the man that does tattoos.” I said okay and I handed it to her but I said I don’t have any credit baby. She said “Gran I’m going right to the Chiney to put in the credit and I will bring back the phone.” I said because I have too much pain I can’t walk go with you. “She said I’m coming back right now Grans.” And the lady went up to today I haven’t seen her.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: Since Ifield’s granddaughter shared the ordeal on Facebook, the alleged con artist was identified by members of the public and detained by authorities. Ifield now hopes that she will be the last victim of this wicked woman. 

Carmen Ifield, Victim of Phone Theft: “I hope they hold her because I hear that everybody that I tell this thing says she is a scam artists, she does the same thing to everybody. A constable that I know told me that when he was working he charged her for the same thing because of stealing a person’s phone so I want them to catch her so she doesn’t do anything to anybody else. Because people work hard for their things.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: Ifield got the cell phone from her sister a year ago on her birthday and now hopes she’ll be able to replace it soon.

Carmen Ifield, Victim of Phone Theft: “I got my only one sister in England that bought that phone so I could call. Now because of her I can’t call my sister you understand ? Because my phone has one year the same day of my birthday, it was a new phone, it wasn’t scratched or nothing.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: If you want to assist the elderly woman in replacing her cell phone, you can contact her daughter at 601-7505. Vejea Alvarez, Love News.

Late this evening, Police Commissioner Chester Williams spoke on the issue of protecting elderly persons.

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Someone just brought that to my attention a few minutes ago. I’m still trying to make inquiries to ascertain exactly where and what happened. But again, if that is the case, we must also  protect our elderly among us. And so it is something that the police will certainly look at with a view to ensure that we do what we can to find the person who did that to a senior citizen.”

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