Tucson Water warning public about fake inspectors
Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Several businesses have told Tucson Water that fake inspectors have been coming around to do a Backflow Assembly Test, according to Fernando Molina with Tucson Water.
Molina tells KGUN9 that several businesses said a man who identifies himself as "Mike" calls the business saying that their Backflow Assembly Test is past due.
The business owners were given instructions to send test results and maintenance forms to a fax number, but the number is disconnected.
Molina says backflow assembly devices are often targeted by metal thieves.
There have been no reports of thefts at any of the businesses who have been contacted by the fake inspector, but Tucson Water wanted to alert other businesses about the scam.
Tucson Water policy states that testing notices and inspection report forms are mailed directly to the customer for completion. Direct contact by a Tucson Water Inspector will only be made if a business is delinquent with the testing requirement.
Inspectors also wear Tucson Water uniforms, carry a Tucson Water identification card and drive a marked vehicle.
The backflow devices being targeted are required in all commercial buildings. They are valves designed to help protect the public water supply by preventing potentially contaminated water from flowing out of a building and into the Tucson Water distribution system.