Warren warns against water dept. fraud

Warren Water Department warns about fraud

WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Officials in Warren are warning homeowners to be on the lookout for people posing as employees of the city’s water department looking to steal your money.

Officials said the impersonators have been going door-to-door, mostly on the weekends.

“The typical line is that your account’s delinquent, and if you don’t give us a payment, we are going to shut your water off at this point in time,” Warren Mayor Doug Franklin said. “So it panics a lot of our citizens.”

The impostors even tried to steal money from the Best Western Hotel in downtown Warren, according to authorities.

But this time they called instead of showing up. Luckily the front desk attendant on duty suspected something wasn’t right.

“He asked for the name and phone number for the person on the phone they wouldn’t give him any information and so they hung up on him,” Best Western Assistant General Manager Michelle Scott said.

The city never performs shut offs on the weekend, and usually homeowners who are delinquent will get prior notice before city workers come to a house. Real workers will show up in a truck with a city logo and have identification that they must present if asked.

“If it happens to happen over the weekend we do our water filtration plant is a 24 hour operation so they can call out there we generally have a shutoff list so if they are shutoff they should be on that list we should be able to point them in the right direction,” Warren Water Department Director Robert Davis said.

So far officials don’t believe anyone has given the schemers money.

If you are not sure if a city water employee is who they say they are, you can call the water department at 330-841-2531

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