Police Warn About Man Posing As Water Company Worker

Police Warn About Man Posing As Water Company Worker

Police in Luzerne County are warning people to watch out for a possible scam. It involves a person pretending to be with a local water company.
Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County - Police in Luzerne County are warning people to watch out for a possible scam.

According to officers with the Wilkes-Barre Police Department on July 18th a man claiming to be with a water company entered a home on Plymouth Avenue.

The scammer reportedly told the home owner they were doing work in the area and he needed to check her water pressure. Once inside the house he told the woman the company was overcharging and grabbed some money from his pocket. Police said the man then asked for change, but the woman said she didn't have any and he left in a blue truck.

Richard Harris lives just a few streets from Plymouth Avenue. He said he was glad the reported scammer didn't approach him.

"You have to be careful, vigilant," Harris said.

Susan Turcmanovich, a spokesperson with Pennsylvania American Water, told Eyewitness News that all of their employees have identification and are required to show them upon request.

"They're wearing uniforms with the logo on them and they're driving company vehicles," Turcmanovich said.

She also said that under no circumstance will their employees be handing out cash in person. Those transactions happen through the customer service center.

"Customers can call the water company," Turcmanovich said. "If the people are there and they're suspicious we encourage them to call the police and file a report. "

Turcmanovich also added that if an employee with Pennsylvania American Water needs to enter your home that will generally take place through an appointment.

Police said the scammer is 5'9" tall, and in his mid to late 50s.



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