Milwaukee area residents should be mindful of persons posing as utility workers looking to access homes. Utility imposters may carry “official” looking credentials and often work in pairs.
The latest scam involved persons who claimed to work for the Milwaukee Water Works and were investigating floodwater in homes.
Protect yourself and your family from scam artists who pose as utility employees by following these tips:
• Do not open your door to someone you do not recognize. Do not allow anyone to enter your home if you are not sure of his or her identity.
• Ask to see photo identification (I.D.) through a window. Milwaukee Water Works and other utility employees and contractors carry photo I.D. Legitimate employees will be happy to show you their I.D. if you ask, or call the utility office to verify their identification.
• Call the Milwaukee Water Works (414) 286-2830 if you are unsure about a person’s identification or to verify work to be done at your home. Call the police if you believe the person is an imposter.
• Do not allow anyone to enter your home claiming to collect a past-due bill, inspect plumbing fixtures, or to sell utility products such as a meter or other equipment. Milwaukee Water Works employees do not engage in door-to-door sales, do not collect a past-due bill in person, and do not deliver rebates or refunds.
• Advise your elderly loved ones, friends, and children about what to do if strangers approach their home and ask to come in.