Police warning neighbors in Naugatuck to beware of fire department scam

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NAUGATUCK — Police are warning residents about a troubling scam in which someone poses as a member of the Naguatuck Fire Department in order to gain access to a home.

“A lot of the calls that we’re getting so far seem to be elderly, people living in single family homes, where they’re claiming to be representatives of the fire department and they want to get in and look at smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors,” said Lt. Bryan Cammarata of the Naugatuck Police Department.

“They’re probably looking to either size up the home to come back, or possibly come in with multiple people and try and steal things once they’re in, and we’ve seen that with other types of scams that go on where they do this same type of thing. They’re looking to get into the home,” he continued.

The Fire Marshal’s Office says they don’t perform checks in single family homes unless there was an incident.

Officials also inspect multi-family homes and commercial locations.

“That’s why we got concerned when we were getting calls from our residents, single families, saying someone’s calling saying they want to check my smoke detector, we don’t do that,” said Bill Scanlon, acting deputy fire marshal for Naugatuck.

Anyone who receives the calls is asked to contact police as soon as possible.