You can play an active role in protecting yourself against crime by not letting people who

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claim to be from a utility into your homes, especially if you didn't make a service call. That's the word from the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office and United Water following disturbing reports of scams preying on unsuspecting residents involving individuals baring false identification.

Jim Mastrokalos, Director of Operations for United Water Toms River said, "customers should not hesitate to contact United Water if they have even the slightest doubt regarding the identity of a person at the door. This is especially important if they have not called for a service visit," said Masatrokalos.

In a written statement, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato said, "False identification and scams continue to trouble unsuspecting citizens who are unknowingly being persuaded into letting pretenders into their homes or onto their property." "We also have the largest senior population in the state, and it is especially critical to continue to raise awareness among this group."

The press release goes on to say, "United Water employees wear uniforms and I.D. badges with the company name and logo. The badge also shows the employee's color photograph, name, job title and date the badge was issued. Customers can also look for white United Water vehicles, which prominently feature the Company's bright green, orange and blue logo."

"A customer who has doubts should have the person wait outside of their home. They can call United Water at 877-565-1456 to verify that the company has sent someone to their home. They can also contact the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office at 732-929-2027, or their local police department," the release concludes.