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Toms River Residents Warned of Water Company Impersonator Scam

Some scams have targeted senior citizens

Patch File Photo
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The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office and United Water of Toms River warned township residents Monday of ongoing scams in which perpetrators are impersonating utility company employees.

“False identification and scams continue to trouble unsuspecting citizens who are unknowingly being persuaded into letting pretenders into their homes or onto their property,” said Joseph Coronato, Ocean County Prosecutor. “We also have the largest senior population in the state, and it is especially critical to continue to raise awareness among this group.”

Seniors have frequently been targeted in such scams in the past.

Residents of all ages are being advised to take extra precaution in protecting themselves and their homes by closely examining the identification of any person claiming to be from the water company or any other utility.

United Water employees wear uniforms and I.D. badges with the company name and logo. The badge also shows the employee’s color photograph, name, job title and date the badge was issued. Customers can also look for white United Water vehicles, which prominently feature the Company’s bright green, orange and blue logo.

"Our customers’ safety is our primary concern, and we want to protect them from any harm," said Jim Mastrokalos, Director of Operations for United Water Toms River. Customers should not hesitate to contact United Water if they have even the slightest doubt regarding the identity of the person at the door. This is especially important if they have not called for a service visit."

A customer who has doubts should have the person wait outside of their home. They can then call United Water at 877-565-1456 to verify that the company has sent someone to their home. They can also contact the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-929-2027, or their local police department.
grace June 24, 2014 at 09:07 AM
lol yep @ tres copy the companies patch and away they go
Marynary June 24, 2014 at 09:56 AM
What difference does that make? You think the crooks are going to outfit trucks which prominently feature the Company’s bright green, orange and blue logo? I think it was good reporting to tell people how to ID legit water company reps.
TRres June 25, 2014 at 08:40 AM
I'm talking about their uniforms id's etc.not really about the trucks.... the water company could've mailed out warning to their customers, but that would cost too much money and they would have to raise our rates even more.
grace June 25, 2014 at 08:51 AM
@ tres you made a valid point . criminals smart these days keep coming up with new ideas how to scam!
Marc Roffman July 05, 2014 at 08:38 PM
How about informing us on what the current scam is. Are they asking for money at the door? Are they seeking entry to the home? What specifically have they been reported doing? Id like to know if its kids trying to trick the elderly homeowner out of a few dollars or are these hardened criminals that are blitz attacking the homeowners committing rape, murder, and robbery? How many occurrences have been reported, and in what areas?

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