Residents warned about water meter scam

Town issues caution regarding a scam stating a rebate can be received for their water meter

The public are being warned to watch out for a scam that is offering rebates on their water meters. Anyone approached with this offer is asked to contact the Town of Ponoka and the RCMP.

The public are being warned to watch out for a scam that is offering rebates on their water meters. Anyone approached with this offer is asked to contact the Town of Ponoka and the RCMP.

Ponoka residents need to be aware of a new scam making the rounds in the community.

The town issued a press release March 24 warning people that some local residents have called the office about phone calls from a company that has been offering up rebates on their water meters.

“The town owns all residential water meters in Ponoka and is not currently offering a rebate program,” explained the release.

Residents are urged to not hand over any personal information to anyone that wants to offer them a rebate on their water meter.

The release goes on to state people should not allow anyone into their home for an inspection of the water meter unless that individual identifies him or herself as a Town of Ponoka employee and also displays a valid Town of Ponoka identification card.

Residents that are unsure of the person’s identity are encouraged to contact the town directly by calling (403) 783-4431 in order to verify that the individual is a town employee.

The Ponoka RCMP detachment has been made aware of the scam and has also requested that any residents that suspect the calls may be related to fraudulent activity to please contact the detachment at (403) 783-4472.

As March is Fraud Prevention Month in Canada, residents can learn more about fraudulent activity and scams that continue to put unsuspecting citizens at risk by visiting www.antifraudcentre.ca.