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Watch for Fakes
April 22, 2011 permalink
The Iowa Department of Human Services has issued a warning against fake social workers entering homes. Aside from a state-issued badge, there is no way to distinguish real and fake social workers.
Ottumwa, Ia. — The Department of Human Services is warning Ottumwa residents to be wary of people claiming to be social workers knocking on doors.
The agency told police on Thursday that three residents in the last several days have allowed impostors into their homes after they identified themselves as department workers, spokesman Roger Munns said.
DHS social workers who ask to interview people are required to display a state-issued identification badge. Workers won’t enter a home without permission except in an emergency, in which case they will be accompanied by police.
Source: Des Moines Register