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Police Warn Of Scammers Going Door To Door Claiming To Represent Water Company

Attempted scam reported on June 19 in Holiday City



Berkeley police are warning residents to be wary of two men claiming to be United Water employees who inform homeowners they have a water issued that needs to be fixed.

A Holiday City resident reported on June 19 that two white males alleging to be workers of United Water, were going to homes telling the residents that they have a water issued that needs to be fixed, Police Chief Karin T. DiMichele said.

The two men were wearing blue pants and blue shirts. They entered the home and checked the water in the bathroom and in the kitchen. They were accompanied by the home owners.  The two men offered a $50 rebate to the homeowner if the homeowner gave them $50, then they would be given $100, the chief said.

The homeowner refused. United Water was contacted and said the men did not represent the company, DiMichele said.

Residents should call police with any type of suspicious activity.  Residents are also urged to contact the utility company prior to letting any alleged workers in their home.  All legitimate workers should have proper identification, the chief said.



Mattie June 24, 2014 at 01:21 PM
Grace, it might surprise you to know that Holiday City (and other retirement communities) are by and large MORE safe than any other regular neighborhood. Why? Well ONE reason is because no teens live here there are fewer teen related activities like drinking, partying, driving impaired (although old people drive like crap all on their own) or "gang" activities. Another reason is there is much, much less stealing/burglaries and drug dealing/using in retirement communities than anywhere else; although once again, Seniors do plenty of pill swapping and prescription selling too. But the clientele is mellower, less obnoxious than the younger, regular neighborhood users and abusers... Anyway, a *smart and savvy* senior is WAY safer in a retirement community than anywhere else. The problems arise when they are no longer 'smart or savvy' and get taken advantage of. And if you think that wouldn't happen anywhere else ... you'd be wrong.
Col Von Vapors June 24, 2014 at 01:59 PM
Go down to the township and purchase the "Do not Ring, Knock(solicit)Sticker!!!!
Mattie June 24, 2014 at 02:05 PM
ALL door-to-door soliciting is already banned in Holiday City and most other senior communities. (another reason they are safer for seniors than regular neighborhoods or apartment buildings). Check your HOA regulations. However, I can see how some seniors wouldn't think of a knock from a "utility company" person as "soliciting".
grace June 24, 2014 at 05:00 PM
@mattie most seniors are happy to get a visitor and probably dont mind the person coming to the door. i hate it when they are taken advantage of, you know everyday there is another scam out there!.. glad they smart enough to report it @mattie i might have fallen for this one!
Mattie June 24, 2014 at 06:17 PM
This one was pretty tricky that's for sure.... I usually ask to see ID's. I also know that the water company, electric company etc *almost always* call residents ahead of time to alert them to issues in their area or within their home's pipes or wires. But you're right... seeing men in any sort of 'uniform' like these two would probably fool lots of us.

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