MDC warns of imposters after person posing as water company worker tried to get into Hartford home

Christine Dempsey, Hartford Courant
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The Metropolitan District is warning customers to beware of imposters after a person posing as a water worker tried to get into a Hartford home.

The incident happened Monday, the MDC said. No details about the attempted burglary was available from the MDC or police Tuesday morning.

“The MDC urges all residents, especially those who are home during the day, to be alert for imposters,” the district said in a press release Monday. In order to prevent future incidents, the MDC wants customers to know that:

- They should stay, securely, inside their homes while asking for identification from anyone who comes to their door. All MDC employees have photo IDs and will display them upon request;

- MDC field employees wear clothing, and drive vehicles, clearly marked with the MDC logo;

- If they don’t have a previously-scheduled appointment, residents should not allow access to their homes until they call the MDC Command Center at 860-278-7850.

- If they have any doubt about the person’s identity or motives, they should not allow them into their homes and call the police.

This isn’t the first time someone pretended to be a water company worker in an attempt to commit a burglary. MDC and other utilities in the state have reported scam artists showing up on doorsteps, some of whom were able to get into a house.

The MDC, formerly known as the Metropolitan District Commission, is a nonprofit municipal corporation that provides water, wastewater treatment and other services to its member towns. Those towns are Bloomfield, East Hartford, Hartford, Newington, Rocky Hill, West Hartford, Wethersfield and Windsor.

In addition, the District supplies treated water to parts of Glastonbury, South Windsor, Farmington, East Granby and Portland.

Christine Dempsey can be reached at cdempsey@courant.com.