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Residents targeted by water scam in Newington

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Officials from the Metropolitan District Commission are sending out a warning to homeowners about someone posing as one of its employees.

Dorothy Traficanti said a man rang her doorbell at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday who said he was from the MDC.

So, she let him in her Timothy Street home.

“It wasn’t a good thing to let him in,” Traficanti said. “I said ‘how can I help you?’ He said ‘I’m from MDC, I need to check on the water’.”

She said he first went to check the water inside her kitchen.

“He said ‘I need to check the water downstairs. The meter and so forth’,” Traficanti said, adding that she obliged.

But then, she said “Before I put the lights out and went upstairs he was gone.”

She said she knew something was wrong because of how quickly the man posing as an MDC employee disappeared, which is when she called MDC and was told by a representative the man was an imposter.

“She said there’s nobody with MDC in your neighborhood. I said ‘oh.’ She said ‘I think you need to call the police’,” Traficanti said.

She called the police, and said she was thankful nothing was taken from her home and that she wasn’t injured.

Now MDC said they are asking their customers to be on the lookout for the con artist.

“I learned a lesson and I have to be extra careful who I let in,” Traficanti said.

MDC said homeowners should as for identification and if the person doesn’t have one then don’t let them inside.

Also, homeowners can call MDC to verify the employee’s identity.

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