Fake DHS Agents Ordering Victims to Evacuate So Their Homes Can Get Robbed, Feds Warn
Officials issued a warning Wednesday after disturbing reports surfaced of people impersonating Homeland Security special agents and telling residents to evacuate in order to rob their homes in the wake of devastating flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey.
The city of Houston said people should ask anyone knocking on their doors for official badges and credentials with their name and organization. The city's statement also noted that, during Harvey relief efforts, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is not conducting immigration enforcement operations in the area.
Officials for Homeland Security Investigations said there were “disturbing reports” that some people were pretending to be HSI special agents, knocking on doors and telling residents to evacuate -- and then robbing their homes once they are empty.
“Real HSI officials wear badges that are labeled ‘special agent,’ which members of the public can ask to see and verify,” read a statement provided to Fox News. "ICE officers with Enforcement and Removal Operations also wear badges labeled with ERO Officer. They also carry credentials with their name and organization.”