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Sep 19, 2012 7:23 PM by Ian Cross

Tucson Water advises of Backflow Inspector imposter

TUCSON - Tucson Water has been notified by several businesses of a man who appears to be fraudulently representing himself as a Tucson Water Backflow Inspector, advising them that their Backflow Assembly Test is past due.

According to the business owners, a man who identified himself as "Mike" called and advised them that their backflow assembly test is past due, according to a news release from Tucson Water. The business owners were given instructions to send test results and maintenance forms to a fax number that has been disconnected.

Backflow assembly devices are often targeted by metal thieves, and while there have been no reports of thefts at the businesses contacted, Tucson Water is providing this information to alert business owners of this fraudulent process.

Under Tucson Water policy, annual notices for testing and inspection are mailed directly to local businesses, and direct contact is only made if a business is delinquent with the annual testing requirement. Backflow Inspectors always wear Tucson Water uniforms, carry an identification card, and drive a marked vehicle.

For more information, click here to read the full news release form Tucson Water. (PDF format).

You can also call 791-2650 or e-mail inquiries to: TW_Backflow@tucsonaz.gov

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