PLANO, Texas — Maureen Conway said the home that she lived in for 16 years has become victim to scammers and squatters.
"It was flooded; there were holes in the walls; and all the carpet's gone," she said.
Conway said she lost the home to foreclosure, but she is still fighting to keep it free of squatters.
It's an ordeal that she says started at the end of July. Conway received phone calls from her former neighbors about activity happening outside the home. Conway made numerous calls to the bank and the property management company to ask whether the home had been sold.
But she was told repeatedly that the home was set to go up for auction in August.
Wary neighbors came to check on the home from time to time. One day last week, Dewayne — a neighbor who does not want his last name revealed — noticed a truck had backed up to the home.
Neighbors sold News 8 they saw two strangers moving furniture into the home.
"It's still kind of a puzzle," Dewayne said.
The strangers brought furniture and other items into Conway's former residence. It didn't take long before neighbors contacted her, and together they alerted Plano police.
Conway said the locks on the door had been broken.
"Who knows what kind of element you're allowing in your neighborhood?" Dewayne asked.
Conway told News 8 that the home was even listed on a housing website under her name, but with a bogus number that was out of service.
Conway went a step further and left a note on the front door warning the squatters that they were trespassing. That same note was found crumpled up in the kitchen.
"I guess they didn't like the note... that's probably why they flooded the house," Conway said.
The entire house was flooded, and it's still unclear how that happened. It's also unclear if squatters were in the home or if the people who arrived at the home thought they were legitimate owners and were being scammed by a third party.
"Shame on you," Conway said. "I don't know how they sleep at night."
All the furniture has since been removed, with the help of several neighbors. Neighbors tell us the items were donated to the Salvation Army.
Plano police detectives are looking into the matter. A detective with the Fraud and Forgery Department told News 8 that the possible squatters had been in the home for up to a week.
Neighbors are happy that Maureen Conway is still fighting for the home she lost to foreclosure.
"She's still looking out for our neighborhood," Dewayne said.
This is all very difficult for Conway to take. This is the home her father died in, and where her son was raised. She said she had a lot of memories there.
"It's just not how I want to remember it, but we'll move on," Conway said.