Providence Water issues advisory warning against con artists

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence Water issued an advisory Saturday evening warning customers of con artists posing as Providence Water employees.

A call into their tip line prompted the advisory, after a household called saying someone came to their door posing as a Providence Water employee.

A spokesperson for Providence Water tells Eyewitness News this type of scam, people posing as an employee to gain access inside of a residence, happens from time to time and Providence Water wanted to be proactive in warning their customers.

In the advisory, Providence Water reminds customers to be cautious, and to ask for proper identification from anyone who presents themselves as water employees.

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Providence Water reminds its customers that they make appointments to visit a home or business to read meters or make repairs and installations, and always during normal business hours.

The advisory also says Providence Water employees have official ID badges, drive officially-marked vehicles, make service visits only when a resident is home, and would never ask customers to leave their doors unlocked for any reason.

If there is any doubt over whether a person is a Providence Water employee, customers are urged to call the company at (401) 521-6300.

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