COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Collier County Sheriff's Office said this woman is the first victim of a scheme targeting prescription medication. She didn't want her face shown, but she told WINK News someone came to her home last week, claiming to be a nurse from Social Services. But the victim never asked to see her ID.
"I just forgot about that," she said.
Instead she did as the woman asked and handed her two prescription bottles. One for pain medication, the other for blood pressure. The suspect said she needed to see the bottles for a new program that helps cover the cost of medication and living expenses.
"And she said this one is the good ones for pain. And so she took the pills there because she needed a pen to write, so she went there to the truck. So she took like about five minutes to come back, so when she came back she gave me back the bottles."
She realized something wasn't right and took the bottles to her pharmacist who confirmed her suspicions.
"She took the pain pills and then put some from the high blood pressure into that bottle. So when I was gonna take them, I said these are not the ones, these are not the pain pills."
The victim called authorities the next day. But Angela Larson, Supervisor of the Victim and Senior Advocacy Unit for the Collier County Sheriff's Office said the woman should have called sooner.
"See it say it. If you have something suspicious going on let us come out and we'll make sure everybody's safe," said Larson.