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Potential thieves are still attempting a scam in which they pose as public utility workers in order to gain access to homes, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department is cautioning local residents.

Yesterday morning, a man claiming to represent a local water district appeared at the home of an elderly woman in Solana Beach, saying he needed to perform tests on her water system due to construction in the area. The suspect was able to overcome the resident’s request for official identification by saying that “his credentials were in the truck.”

After gaining entry to the home, the purported utility worker walked through the residence, observing its contents, and then departed without performing any pipe testing.

Lieutenant Kenneth Nelson of the Sheriff’s Department reminds residents to always ask for identification and to check for a company or city logo prominently displayed on an alleged worker’s uniform and the vehicle they’re driving before allowing access.

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