Water company warns customers about scam

If someone wants to come into your home and check your water, it might not be your water company.

According to Pennsylvania American Water, some people could be getting scammed.

On Tuesday, Pennsylvania American sent out an alert, advising its customers in Centre and Clearfield counties about a ruse with people impersonating utility employees.

“These imposters are utilizing various tactics in an attempt to either gain entry into unsuspecting customers’ homes,” the release stated.

According to the company, it happened this week when people purporting to be Pennsylvania American workers approached Snyder Township homes. They said they were there to sample the water.

“We are currently not conducting any in home sampling,” said the company’s Philipsburg district supervisor, Jane Moore. “We remind our customers to be vigilant in confirming the identity of utility workers by utilizing a few simple steps.”

The company says that employees “typically do not need to gain access to a customer’s homes, unless there is a rare emergency.”

Pennsylvania American says its office will contact customers by phone to schedule appointments if that is necessary, and all employees are fully credentialed with photo identification badges from the company.

This is not the first time a potential scam has targeted county residents through misrepresentation.

In 2016, police say fake construction workers approached a Boalsburg woman about paving a driveway and received an undisclosed amount of money.

In another scam, individuals pretending to represent the Centre County sheriff’s office contacted people under the pretense that they would be arrested.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce