The City of Flint wants to warn residents of a scam that being perpetrated against its residents. Scammers are using various tactics in attempts to dupe City of Flint water customers into providing payment by offering to provide water services in exchange for a cash payment. Customers should be made aware that the Flint Water Service employees do not accept payments on site for their services.
In the last week, a report was received about a person wearing what appeared to be a City service uniform who had a water “turn on” list and who used a key to turn on the customer’s water for $200 and removed the meter. The employee imposter was on foot, saying that their City truck was parked around the corner.
A second customer reported that two men wearing what appeared to be City service worker uniforms and driving what looked like a city truck spoke with a customer and offered to connect her water and provide her a replacement water meter for $250 in cash. The customer wisely declined and reported the incident to the Flint Customer Service Center (ph. 810-766-7015).
The City offers the following tips for customers to thwart scammers:
Pursuant to Chapter 1 of Part II of the Flint City Code of Ordinances, unauthorized parties who tamper with city water system equipment are subject to be prosecuted at a minimum of a misdemeanor and may be sentenced to pay a fine of five hundred dollars $500 and/or subject to imprisonment. Any citizen suspecting scammers or witnessing possible water theft are encouraged to call the Flint Customer Service Center at 810-766-7470.