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Cheektowaga home owners warned on home inspection scam

Cheektowaga home owners were warned by the police department Thursday to beware of men coming to their homes and claiming they need to inspect the homes to ensure there are no illegal connections to the town’s sanitary sewers. Assistant Police Chief James Speyer said the town’s engineering department has confirmed that “the town currently does not have an active ongoing inspection program” linked to the town’s ongoing sewer project in the Cleve Hill area.

Residents should not allow anyone into their home claiming to be conducting a home inspection of any sort without proper identification, Speyer said.

Town engineers have indicated that sometime early in 2016 there will be a new state law requiring such home inspections on sanitary sewer connections.

Speyer said town engineers said they will eventually need to go house to house to inspect for illegal connections under that new law, but none is taking place now. When such inspections are needed all home owners will get prior notification and town employes will arrive in an identifiable town vehicle with town identification. Anyone with questions should call the Town of Cheektowaga Engineering Department at 897-7288, Speyer said.