After the recent flooding issues, three people reported to the Milwaukee Water Works that a person dressed like a utility worker asked to enter their home to investigate floodwater.
The imposter or imposters showed up at the door of a North Side house and two South Side homes. None of the residents allowed the man to enter their home.
The Milwaukee Water Works reported the incidents to the police.
Protect yourself and your family from scam artists who pose as utility employees by following these tips:
1. Do not open your door to someone you do not recognize. Do not allow anyone to enter your home if you are not sure of his or her identity.
2. Ask to see photo identification (I.D.) through a window. Milwaukee Water Works and other utility employees and contractors carry photo I.D. Legitimate employees will be happy to show you their I.D. if you ask, or call the utility office to verify their identification.
3. Call the Milwaukee Water Works (414) 286-2830 if you are unsure about a person's identification or to verify work to be done at your home. Call the police if you believe the person is an imposter.
4. Do not allow anyone to enter your home claiming to collect a past-due bill, inspect plumbing fixtures or to sell utility products such as a meter or other equipment. Milwaukee Water Works employees do not engage in door-to-door sales, do not collect a past-due bill in person and do not deliver rebates or refunds.
5. Advise your elderly loved ones, friends and children about what to do if strangers approach their home and ask to come in.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.