Home Entry Scam Alert
05/14/2008

The hardworking employees with the City of Fresno would like to alert homeowners that a home entry scam has been reported in the past week. Construction Management division was notified that at least two homeowners have been burglarized by two men posing as construction workers.

The men, dressed in orange work shirts similar to those worn by City department employees, claim to be repairing broken water lines in the neighborhood. After being admitted into the house, one of the men leads the homeowner to the back yard supposedly looking for the water shut off valve, giving the other man the opportunity to steal something from inside the residence.

City of Fresno employees will always notify residents in person or by leaving written notices 48 to 96 hours in advance, and will not need access inside a home.

Should you be approached by someone who claims to be an employee with the City of Fresno or affiliated agency, please ask for City identification or get their name, ask them to wait, and call the City of Fresno One Call Center at 621-CITY to confirm that work is taking place in your neighborhood.

Safety and public service is our priority! The City of Fresno advises that residents DO NOT grant access into your home without authentic identification. Report any suspicious conduct to the Fresno Police non-emergency phone at 621-7000.