How to Spot an Imposter Water Meter Reader, and Avoid Being Victimized

Suspected thieves posing as water meter readers have been hitting homes in Sunset Hills and other communities, according to Missouri American Water.


Men, posing as American Water employees, were busy at work this week, according to a representative with Missouri American Water.

Ann Dettmer, Missouri American Water external affairs manager for St. Louis and St. Charles, said the company has contacted the police departments in Sunset Hills, Creve Coeur, and Ladue to be on the alert.

She explained how to tell if someone at your door is from Missouri American Water.

She said any Missouri American Water employee that comes to a home for a service call will have a uniform with a Missouri American logo on it. She said a construction crew member might not, but they all have an identification badge.

She also said they never come to a house unannounced asking to test water, and that most water meters are outside houses.

“In some homes there are indoor water meters, but that’s a rapidly decreasing number," she said. "People that have them know about them, and we work with them to schedule readings."

“The key thing is ask to see identification, and it will be a Missouri American Water identification badge,” she said. “They will also be in a Missouri American Water vehicle. So if you don’t see those two things you should call us and possibly the police.” The Sunset Hills police number to call is 314-842-7946, or in real emergency 911.

Individuals posing as Lindbergh School District employees selling textbooks were recently reported in the area. .


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