Families in New River find Red Cross impersonator

NEW RIVER, AZ - Families hit by the storm in New River are worried about more than just clean up. Several residents said a woman approached them claiming she worked for the Red Cross.

"She said she can have potable water brought in and wheel chairs," said Bill Jordan, cleaning up after the storm.

So Jordan didn't think twice about bringing a mystery woman down to help families clean up.

"She said she was with the Red Cross," said Jordan.

When this stranger saw the destruction, she seemed to want to get started with the clean up immediately.

"She said we got to get your well on. We got to get people in here to help you with your house," said Tracey Spear, helping with clean up.

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But it didn't take long for Bill and his friends to start seeing the red flags.

"I smelled a little bit of alcohol," said Jordan.

"When I came down. she had a beer in her hand. I thought that was kind of weird for the Red Cross," said Chris Stevens, whose home was destroyed.

Witnesses said this woman then invited herself inside their homes.

"She came in taking pictures and walking down the halls," said Spear.

But it was her final question that really outraged the group.

"She's asked everyone for their address. I told her we have no idea who you are. You have no ID, no credentials. and you’re passing out beer," said Spear.

The families eventually chased her off.

"It's terrible to know people will come here and steal what little I have left," said Stevens.

"It's the worst thing you can do to a person and family, it's the lowest possible thing you can do," said Spear.

The Red Cross said the woman is not a volunteer or employee. Anyone affiliated with the organization goes through a background check and will always be wearing a Red Cross disaster vest and have a photo ID displayed.

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