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Sheriff warns of scams

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office is advising citizens to be cautious of persons approaching their homes claiming to be from utility companies.
Sheriff Jim Davis said an investigation is ongoing into a situation that occurred off Old Route 11 in Dublin Wednesday in which a homeowner was scammed out of $650 by someone claiming to be a utility worker.
Davis said legitimate utility crews were working on water lines in the area where the scam victim lives, so the victim thought the three to four people who approached his residence were legitimate.
Apparently, the people perpetrating the scam told the homeowner they had discovered the homeowner’s water meter was putting out too much pressure and needed to be replaced. They offered to replace the meter at a cost of $650 and the homeowner paid them.
Police have a suspect in the case, which is being investigated as a fraud.
Davis warned residence to never give out money or personal information over the telephone or in person unless the person to be paid or collecting the information is confirmed to be legitimate.
He said Public Service Authority utility workers never go door-to-door collecting money from customers. Legitimate utility workers should have proper identification on them and possibly even a properly decaled vehicle with them.
Anyone having questions about a similar situation should call the local sheriff’s office at 980-7800, or any other law enforcement agency.

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Sheriff warns of scams

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office is advising citizens to be cautious of persons approaching their homes claiming to be from utility companies.
Sheriff Jim Davis said an investigation is ongoing into a situation that occurred off Old Route 11 in Dublin Wednesday in which a homeowner was scammed out of $650 by someone claiming to be a utility worker.
Davis said legitimate utility crews were working on water lines in the area where the scam victim lives, so the victim thought the three to four people who approached his residence were legitimate.
Apparently, the people perpetrating the scam told the homeowner they had discovered the homeowner’s water meter was putting out too much pressure and needed to be replaced. They offered to replace the meter at a cost of $650 and the homeowner paid them.
Police have a suspect in the case, which is being investigated as a fraud.
Davis warned residence to never give out money or personal information over the telephone or in person unless the person to be paid or collecting the information is confirmed to be legitimate.
He said Public Service Authority utility workers never go door-to-door collecting money from customers. Legitimate utility workers should have proper identification on them and possibly even a properly decaled vehicle with them.
Anyone having questions about a similar situation should call the local sheriff’s office at 980-7800, or any other law enforcement agency.

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