The Town of Comox is warning residents of scammers going door-to-door posing as municipal workers, attempting to access homes, under the premise that they need to investigate some water-related issues with regard to the COVID-19 virus. Photo supplied.

Comox scammers posing as public works employees

  • Mar. 16, 2020 3:30 p.m.

The Town of Comox has been made aware that individuals have been going door-to-door in our community posing as Town staff.

These individuals have been attempting to gain access to homes under the premise that they need to investigate some water-related issues with regard to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Town staff will not ask to gain access to a resident’s private home.

Please be advised that when it is necessary for Town staff to knock on a resident’s door, our staff member will always have a Town vehicle with them clearly marked as such. This does not happen frequently and is only ever for the purpose of making that resident aware of a project in their area.

Please do not hesitate to call the Town’s Public Works department in order to verify the identity of anyone claiming to represent the Town of Comox. Please call 250-339-5410.

The Comox Valley RCMP are asking anyone who has experienced a similar episode to come forward with information.

“We would like to reach out to Comox Valley residents to determine if anyone else had a visit from these suspicious males,” said Const. Monika Terragni, Comox Valley RCMP media relations officer. “Specifically, if anyone has surveillance footage of these males, it would be helpful to identify them.”

Anyone who has had a visit from suspicious people in their neighbourhood is urged to call police immediately and make a report. Anyone with information about these particular males is asked to call the Comox Valley RCMP at 250-338-1321. To remain anonymous, y call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at http://comoxvalleycrimestoppers.bc.ca/

For additional information on COVID-19 Fraud, please visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at https://bit.ly/2IRn4Ob

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