“Water Test” Scam Used To Enter Homes, Alderman Says

Don’t be conned. Anyone can buy a yellow vest. | Uline

Scammers are trying to gain access to homes across Chicago by pretending to be Department of Water Management (DWM) workers who need to test the water supply, according to an email from Ald. Tom Tunney (44th). The imposters may wear construction vests and hard hats to look more authentic.

Tunney did not elaborate about what the fake workers do after gaining access, but scams such as these typically result in theft of valuables.

“Any official DWM representative will be wearing a neon yellow shirt or safety vest with grey metallic striping and carrying a City of Chicago or Department of Water Management issued ID,” Tunney said.

The city does offer free water testing, but homeowners need to request the service. The DWM tester will arrive only on the appointed day, and they will have a ten-digit reference number that is issued when the homeowner requests testing, Tunney said.

A free lead test kit may be requested by calling 311.

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