Allegheny Co. Health Dept. officials issue warning about bogus inspectors

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PITTSBURGH - Allegheny County Health Department officials issued a warning about bogus inspectors trying to gain access to people’s homes.

“You just don’t walk up to people and say, ‘Can we come in and inspect your home?’” said a woman who didn’t let the men inside her home.

According to a news release issued Tuesday, officials said two men falsely identifying themselves as inspectors tried to enter a rental unit in the Century Townhomes housing complex in Clairton recently.

“It’s terrifying.  They could have robbed me,” said the woman.

"These men were impostors and fortunately turned away by the resident, who doubted their purported affiliation with the Health Department.  Our inspectors always carry an official photo ID which must be presented at the time of an inspection," said health director Dr. Karen Hacker.   

When there are any doubts about an inspector's credentials, the public is advised to call the Health Department at 412-687-ACHD to verify his or her identity before letting them gain entry, and should immediately notify their local police if the "inspector" turns out to be an impostor.