People posing as utility workers have targeted homes in Branford and police are warning residents about the scam.
The scammers identify themselves as employees of the “Water Company” or another public utility, and say they need to “check the water for contaminates” because of a car crash in the area, according to police.
On Wednesday, police responded to one incident in the Cedar Street/North Ivy Street area after a resident and two Branford Public Works employees saw three suspicious men going through yards in the area.
One was wearing a uniform and carrying a portable radio and they were traveling in a smaller tan, Nissan Ultima with front end damage and New York registration.
Police urge residents to be cautious when allowing any worker into your home or business.
They also offer these tips:
Utility workers will always have proper identification including their picture and utility company name.
In most cases, all public utilities have the ability to make any checks for proper service at points outside of the home.
Call the worker’s utility company using the directory assisted listed phone number to confirm the workers identity and work order.
If you are elderly or home alone, have the worker schedule an appointment for another time when you can be accompanied by another person.
Call 911 immediately and report any suspicious activity or people trying to enter or moving around your or your neighbor’s home.
Anyone with information is asked to call Branford Police at 203-481-4241.