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Wilmington Police Warn of Water Scam

February 6, 2019

WILMINGTON -- Two individuals recently gained access to a Wilmington home by posing as town Water Department employees, according to a press release from the Police Department.

Wilmington police said a resident called 911 after two men posing as contractors said they needed to conduct an emergency check for lead contamination. Similar incidents have occurred in area towns, according to police.

“In other cases, the males approach the resident and said that there was a water break in the area and that the resident’s water meter needed to be reset,” the press release read. “These individuals will work together to attempt to distract the resident so the group may split up and gain access to the rest of the home.”

Wilmington police said the town’s Water Department employees use clearly marked, town-owned vehicles. Police advise residents to request official town identification should anyone come to their home regarding utilities or permits. Additionally, the Water Department usually informs residents in advance if its employees will be visiting their homes, according to police.

In an October Facebook post, Dracut police warned against people posing as National Grid employees to gain entry to homes.

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