Two men in suits impersonating Erie County Water Authority employees took a water sample from a home on Center Street in the Town of Aurora on Tuesday night, the authority said.
An elderly resident reported that he got a call from someone who identified himself as a water authority employee and requested to visit the man's house to take a water sample. Two men in an unmarked vehicle then came to the house, took the sample and left, the authority said.
After the pair left, the man got suspicious and called Aurora police, who recommended the man notify the water authority.
An investigation is ongoing and the resident told authorities he was not aware of anything in his home being tampered with or stolen.
The authority said it wants customers to know how to identify actual workers.
- Meter service workers travel in white vehicles with a blue water authority decal on both sides.
- Workers wear blue uniforms with a blue emblem.
- Employees carry a photo ID badge.
Customers should verify these forms of identification from anyone who claims they are on the premises to read a water meter or perform work on a meter, the authority said.
If the individual claiming to be a worker does not show ID, the authority recommends customers shut their doors and either call 911 or the water authority customer service line at 716-849-8484.