A community mourns two Evansdale cousins. All related stories can be found here.More >>
A community mourns two Evansdale cousins. All related stories can be found here. More >>
WATERLOO (KWWL) -
Susan Kelly has heard it before -- watch out for scams. But she says the people who came to her door Sunday afternoon seemed genuine.
"One boy was probably around 12, and (the other was) maybe eight or nine," she said. "They had a notebook with them. They had names written down."
Kelly said, when she answered the door, the two boys asked for donations for Lyric and Elizabeth, the Evansdale cousins who went missing last summer and were found dead in December.
"I was like, 'Oh my goodness, I'm sorry, I have no cash. Can you please come back later in the week, or another time when you're in this area?'" said Kelly.
After the two left with no cash, Kelly contacted Heather Collins, Elizabeth's mother, and apologized for not donating.
Collins was irritated because she said the family will never go door-to-door and ask for donations for the girls or for Angels Park.
"It's just sad. It really is," said Collins. "Why would you do that? You know you're taking, you know people have been so generous, so kind. Then they're going to take advantage of a tragedy."
Collins said she contacted law enforcement right away.
The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office said, unfortunately, scams happen all the time, so it's important to be aware.
"Ask them for literature on it so they can check it out and say, 'I'll look this over, and if I decided I want to contribute, I'll do that on my own at a later time,'" said Capt. Rick Abben with the Sheriff's Office.
Abben said they haven't caught the scammers yet, but if they do, they are facing fraud and theft charges.
Sadly, this isn't the first time Collins has heard about people using her tragedy to make money. Just last year, a gentleman came to her own door asking her to donate money to Lyric and Elizabeth.
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