From Apopka Police Chief Michael McKinley
Recently, some city residents notified the Apopka Police Department in reference to persons walking from door-to-door and acting as city employees. On one occasion, the person knocking on the door said he was an employee with the “City’s Energy Utility Department”.
The subject stated that the homeowner was in the “red-zone” for energy use and said that he needed to come into the home to check the homeowner’s a/c unit, water heater, and water meter. The homeowner, knowing this was a scam, said “NO” so the subject asked if they had received a letter in the mail in regards to the inspection. The homeowner said they had not received a letter and began to question the subject who then said that the City’s Energy Utility Company would resend another letter and he would return at a later date.
The subject then left the area on foot. No vehicle was visible nor did the subject have a city ID visible or clothing that identified him as a city employee. He was described as approximately 5’6” in height, medium build, approximately 165 pounds, Hispanic male, wearing pants and a pullover type shirts and carrying a clipboard.
The City of Apopka wants to make sure all residents are aware of this scam and that you should not allow anyone into your home that you do not know or have not invited. If you believe you have been a victim of a crime as a result of this type of scam or someone is on your property who you would like to verify their status, please contact the Apopka Police Department non-emergency number at 407-703-1757. If it is an emergency, please call 911.