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DEP Warns City Residents of Impersonators Posing as NYC DEP Employees/Contractors

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a warning to New York City homeowners to beware of impersonators posing as NYC DEP Employees/Contractors. DEP learned that in separate instances individuals posing as DEP inspectors gained access to local homes by claiming the homeowners were in arrears in water bill payments, needed to fix a broken meter or needed to have the meter read. Once allowed access by the homeowner, the impostor sought cash for payment of a past due bill or for performing a service.

Customers can verify the employee's/contractor's identification by calling (718) 595-7000.

Don't be fooled

Don't Be Fooled
DEP employees/contractors must provide proper identification if they need to enter a property and our inspectors never ask for cash.

DEP Employees Wear Uniforms

DEP Employees/Contractors Wear Uniforms
DEP employees/contractors who are authorized to enter homes must carry and show photo I.D. cards and badges and are in uniform.

Check Identification

Check Identification
Imposters, or others seeking access, may have some form of identification. It is important to make sure that the I.D. card is from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.


What Should I do?
If you have any doubts whether someone is a legitimate DEP employee/contractor, call the Police or 311 to get immediate assistance.

More Information

NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Public Affairs

59-17 Junction Boulevard
19th Floor
Flushing, NY 11373

(718) 595-6600