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Richfield Crime Alert: Possible Water Testing Scam

Several residents have contacted Richfield's water department regarding bottles being left on their doorsteps asking for water samples.

Editor's note: The following is a Richfield Public Safety crime alert.

Several residents have contacted the Richfield Water Department regarding green bottles left on their doorstep with a request for a water sample. The City performs weekly tests at predetermined commercial sites. They do NOT request water samples from residents.

In one incident after the homeowner provided a water sample, a man returned with a “water report” and a high pressure sales pitch for a $6,000 filtration system. The man worked his way into the home and requested to use the bathroom. No items were taken. However, it was very difficult for the homeowner to get rid of the individual. He would not provide a business card or a company name. The man was driving a grey and white sedan and was on the 7200 block of Chicago. There was a delay in reporting so no contact was made with the individual.

In another incident, a homeowner has received dozens of calls from 651-304-4977 regarding the water sample results. The calls persisted even after requesting them to stop. Calls to this number from RPD have not been returned.

Please call 911 immediately if you encounter someone involved in this incident or if you see anyone leaving bottles on doorsteps.

Please remember Transient Merchant Licenses are required when soliciting door-to-door in Richfield. For your protection and safety, do not let unknown individuals into your home or apartment.

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