ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  St. Louis law enforcers are warning residents to be on guard against a door-to-door scam that’s popped up locally.

On two separate occasions – in The Hill and Franz Park neighborhoods – people claiming to be workers with the city’s Water Division convinced homeowners that they needed to come inside to check their faucets.

In one case, an imposter announced that the owner’s water was, indeed, contaminated and that he owed them $150 for the examination and repairs.

They left when the owner refused to pay.

The other targeted homeowner followed the men around the home and nothing was taken.

The suspects are white or Hispanic males with dark hair, approximately 35-to-40 years old, 5′ 6″ tall, about 160 lbs.

Officials say all city employees carry ID cards and will show them when asked.

They’re offering these tips to residents to avoid becoming a victim of the “imposter burglary” scam:

• Do not open your door to strangers. Use a locked screen door, an intercom, or speak through the closed door.

• Do not have your wallet or purse, large amounts of cash, and other small valuables in easy to see locations.

 • Do not allow strangers to lure you away from your home. Lock your doors and windows when outside or away from home.

 • Do not do business with door-to-door sales people until you check their legitimacy.

If you are suspicious about their identity and purpose, call the police department’s non-emergency number (231-1212) to report the incident.

Call 9-1-1 if it is an emergency.

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