April 23, 2024
San Diego County Water Authority. Picture credit score: sdcwa.org

San Diego County residents have been warned to be vigilant for imposter water company “staff” knocking on doorways and requesting entry to houses to check water high quality or making gross sales pitches, the San Diego County Water Authority introduced Tuesday.

Based on the authority, related scams pop up each few years. A spate of incidents has been reported by a number of water companies throughout the area in current weeks, together with in San Diego, South County and East County.

“The Water Authority and its 23 member companies should not answerable for water testing or repairs inside non-public houses and infrequently have motive to ask for entry,” an announcement from the regional company learn. “Water companies additionally usually don’t promote or endorse business merchandise.”

Based on the assertion, authentic water company workers are all the time in uniform, carry an identification badge and usually drive a clearly marked company automobile.

Utility scams can take many kinds, together with requests for invoice fee with a bank card, calls for that residents purchase sure water therapy merchandise and gross sales pitches for water line insurance coverage.

Imposters can go door-to-door or function by telephone. They could work in pairs, with one particular person speaking to a resident whereas one other circumstances the house for valuables, the company stated.

“Residents are urged to show away anybody claiming to be a water utility worker who seems at their house with out an appointment and requests to enter, solicit info or fee,” the assertion learn. “Considerations about potential fraud must be reported to a buyer’s native water company.”

–Metropolis Information Service