UPDATE: Comptroller Peter Franchot is also warning residents to be wary of stimulus scams. More in the tweet embedded below.
Original story below…
DPW advises that scammers may call customers on the phone or come to their homes claiming to be from DPW. The scammers then request money. The Department of Public Works does not make collections in this manner. In the past, water imposters/scammers have worn official-looking clothing.
Some scammers may ask residents to purchase a water filter. DPW says Baltimore’s drinking water is safe and clean. Coronavirus has not been detected in drinking water and is not transmitted by water. No filter is necessary.
Citizens should be cautious and never allow such individuals to defraud them of money or allow them to enter homes.
From the release:
“Residents should remember the following:
- Baltimore’ drinking water is safe and clean. You do not need a water filter and you do not need to boil your water.
- DPW does not shut off any water service due to water bill nonpayment.
- No DPW employee will come to your home unless you have requested assistance and an appointment has been made.
- DPW employees are not authorized to enter your home without your permission.
- Always ask to see a Baltimore City employee identification card, which includes a photograph.
- Don’t second guess yourself; promptly report any and all suspicious activity to the Police Department by dialing 911 immediately.”
For help with non-emergency questions about water or sewer-related work, Baltimore City residents may call 311. From Baltimore County, call 410-396-5352.
STIMULUS SCAM ALERT: DON'T BE A VICTIM!
Neither the IRS nor the Comptroller of MD will ever request personal financial information over the phone, in a text message or an unsecured email.
If you have been targeted, reach out to us at email@example.com pic.twitter.com/dUTnQshnqh
— Comptroller of Maryland (@MDComptroller) March 30, 2020