The scam: In Garland, TX, a couple of swindlers posing as water company officials invite themselves into private homes to check out the water supply and fixtures. They tell victims they need to buy water purifiers, which the scammers, of course, just happen to have in stock, and then press for an instant purchase.
The solution: Water company officials carry photo ID — check it out carefully — and use only official vehicles. If in doubt, phone the water company. And don’t let people pressure you into making purchases with high pressure sales tactics.