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Scam Alert: Men Posing As Water Company Workers

An elderly couple in Naugatuck had a large sum of money stolen this past weekend, and police want to prevent anyone else from becoming a victim.

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Naugatuck Police say two men posing as water company workers scammed an elderly couple out of a large sum of money this past weekend.

The incident took place on Saturday, Dec. 28, at around 3 p.m., when one man showed up at their residence.

The victims advised that the man told them the water company had received reports that residents in the area were having problems with their water and that their home was on the list of problem residences, according to police. The man stated that he needed to check the water in the home and offered the victims $50 to allow them to use and check on the home's water.

The victims stated that that the man claimed he only had a $100 bill and asked if they could make change for $50. The victims agreed and let the man into the home, police said. The victims stated that once in the home, the man followed them to a location where they kept cash. They made change for the man, but he never gave the $50 to them.

The victims reported that a second man arrived at the home, also claiming to work for the water company, and that both men then led them to their basement. The victims stated that the men kept them busy in the basement while one of the men left the basement area and went back into the residence.

The victims advised that the men left the residence a short time later and upon doing so, they noticed that a large sum of money was missing from the home.

The men were described as follows:

  • Suspect 1: White male, approximately 40 years old, 5’-6” tall with average build
  • Suspect 2: White male, approximately in his late 30s, 5’-10” tall with average build

Police said no vehicle description was obtained and neither subject had any water company ID’s or clothing displayed. Naugatuck Police confirmed with Connecticut Water Company that none of their employees responded to the area of this incident for water issues on Saturday. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident, or anyone that has been a victim of a similar incident, is asked to contact the Naugatuck Police Department at 203-729-7106 or the Naugatuck Police Confidential Tip Line at 203-720-1010.        

SILENT WOLF December 31, 2013 at 09:23 AM
Be vigilant , never let a stranger in your home in this case without calling where they claim to work .Otherwise this could be a lot worse .. ID'Ss are not positive proof , they can be so real looking at times . If in doubt call the local police . You are not insulting anyone if you want positive proof and if they think your being to protective than something is not right with their credentials ..
Lynn December 31, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Soooo true Silent Wolf! I have read about a few instances where criminals used false badges/uniforms, etc. Also, I believe the water company would not charge $50 to investigate a community water problem if the residents had city water.... Our poor elderly get preyed upon often!!!
chuck January 01, 2014 at 08:13 AM
I hope these guys come to my house. I would be ready for them. They would definitely be let in. Let me put it this way......it would be the last homeowner they ever tried to scam. Yeah, yeah....blah blah blah...yada yada....we can't be our own judge and jury. Let the justice system handle it. I get all that. If caught, some will come on here defending them. Maybe the DOC can "correct" them. Give them some programs to work through, slap them on the wrist a couple of times. Some judge will send them off to mandatory shrink visits as part of a plea bargain, community service(which isn't enforced) and so on and so forth until we read 18 months from now when the same two are apprehended for the SAME CRIME!! It's a scenario played over and over and over and over. These two should be tied up in the same basement of the homeowner they just robbed and whacked with shovels and brooms for about 2 years. Keep them alive with the same system they use to feed prisoners when they go on a hunger strikes. When the offended homeowners are too tired to whack them anymore, bring in relatives to help. Then see if these two rob any more seniors. Now...that is justice.
Phil January 01, 2014 at 08:26 AM
@Lynn, the scammers did not charge them to check the water, they offered them $50. Many people get hooked into the scam when promised something of value.
SILENT WOLF January 01, 2014 at 12:08 PM
Chuck do you realize that if ever you are in a scenario as the many you have commented on that the jury would find you very questionable Even if you were in the right ....Because of your radical comments. you'll say well that's free speech , well your right there and sometimes it will get you in a dire situation . too late the damage is done your comment are forever . If this happens to you you will need some real good attorney.. Good luck with your crazy comments.
chuck January 01, 2014 at 12:21 PM
Easy there Cowboy......that's a little too serious for me. I'll take my chances stirring the pot and getting people to think. Good people everywhere are frustrated about being overrun by clowns. I just say what you're afraid to say.
SILENT WOLF January 01, 2014 at 12:45 PM
As I am , but a good leader with the power of free speech , also thinks with his or her brain GOD gave to them .Don't ridicule people who have good intentions .. My advise to you was not to hush your comments or to hurt you , but perhaps to have you read your post before you put them out ,and if you're ok with them, then that's on you ...As you can see with all my post I'm not afraid to say what's on my mind ...but said with some respect...And if I am judged they will see fairness.
chuck January 01, 2014 at 01:27 PM
Ok..we'll disagree on some things. I still enjoy reading your comments. Talk later.....

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