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VINELAND — Vineland Municipal Utilities is warning residents of impostors posing as city workers and trying to gain access to homes.

Late last week, according to a news release, the VMU and Vineland police received reports of people claiming to be independent “energy auditors” working for the city, and utility personnel making service calls and saying they "needed to enter the home to inspect their electric."

Customers reported individuals in a dark vehicle claiming homeowners should have received a letter regarding their house call.

"Under normal circumstances, the VMU would never send utility workers or representatives to a customer's home without scheduling an appointment ahead of time," said VMU Director John Lillie.

Lillie wants customers to be on high alert following these incidents.

“Always request identification from anyone who claims to be a city or utility representative, and never give personal or financial information to anyone you do not know, whether at the door, in the mail, over the phone or online,” Lillie said. “If homeowners are aware and know what to look for, as in this case, we can prevent this type of crime."

Call the utility dispatch at 856-794-4280 or Vineland police at 856-691-4111 if you think you are in a similar situation.

​Contact: 609-272-7260

Twitter @ACPressColtShaw

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I cover breaking news on the digital desk. I graduated from Temple University in Dec. 2017 and joined the Press in the fall of 2018. Previously, I freelanced, covering Pennsylvania state politics and criminal justice reform.

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