Reports are circulating of people impersonating V.I. Water and Power officials to gain access to homes in the guise of installing shower fixtures or energy saving devices, according to WAPA. The authority does not have any employees going door-to-door or who need to enter homes to carry out their duties, according to WAPA Executive Director Julio Rhymer.
“We want to immediately advise residents to call 911 if unknown persons approach your home attempting to gain access. They are NOT WAPA Employees,” Rhymer said in a statement.
The V.I. Police Department has also been notified of this latest scam. In a joint effort with WAPA, VIPD is asking the community to exercise safety measures. Residents are urged to ensure your doors are locked and your homes are secure. They also recommend you alert others to take safety measures as well, as it may save lives.
Most importantly, VIPD insists that you do not open your home to strangers. If someone tries to enter your home under false pretenses, call 911.