Homestead - South Dade

Receive a call from Homestead Public Services? Watch out. It could be a scam.

The new Homestead Police Station stands in the background of Losner Park. City officials have warned residents of a telephone scam where someone posing as a utilities representative demands payment over the phone.
The new Homestead Police Station stands in the background of Losner Park. City officials have warned residents of a telephone scam where someone posing as a utilities representative demands payment over the phone. Miami Herald file photo

Watch out for scammers, Homestead residents. The city is reporting two schemes that can leave you penniless and bamboozled.

The City of Homestead warned residents about two scams in a press release sent out by Homestead Public Information Officer Zackery Good. In the first scam, a fraudulent utilities representative calls a home or business and asks the customer to make a payment over the phone. On the call, the crook pretends to represent Homestead Public Services.

“Under no circumstances does Homestead Public Services ever call its customers to request a payment over the phone,” Good warned.

There have also been reports of an individual pretending to perform water tests on behalf of the city in an attempt to make it into people’s homes. This is also a ruse.

“We urge all our customers to never provide their personal information to strangers or provide payment when they receive a call,” Good said.

These are not the only recent scams to hit Miami-Dade County. On Tuesday, a Davie woman, Amy Ahrens, was convicted for posing as an IRS agent to lure people into over-the-phone payments. Over six days in November, she garnered $47,366 from the payments.

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