Scammers Get Into Vernon Home, Rip Off Elderly Couple: Cops
VERNON, CT — Scammers posing at utility workers ripped off a Vernon couple to the tune of several thousand dollars.
Two elderly people on Grove Street told Vernon police that two men stole items from their home after entering the dwelling under the guise that they were from the Connecticut Water Company, police said.
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TIPS TO AVOID SCAMS
If you are uncomfortable or suspicious about someone who claims to be from the water company, DO NOT allow them into your
Utility company employees will not ask for or accept any form of payment or issue any monetary credit at a customer’s home.
We will accept payments over the phone if you call us, but we will not call and ask you to transfer money to a Green Dot or similar prepaid
Company employees will carry photo IDs and drive vehicles marked with the Company Legitimate employees are happy to show their ID if you ask.
Visits to customers’ homes by the water company are scheduled in advance except in an
Our employees do not enter customers’ homes to collect past due bills; or sell utility products such as meters and do not deliver rebates or refunds. We do not solicit water testing services for customers.
If someone representing themself as a water utility employee arrives without an appointment, or you are not certain if they are with the water company, do not allow them to enter your home – first call Connecticut Water’s 24 hour customer service at 1-800-286-5700 to verify their identit
Report any suspicious activity to your local police!