Warning over fake survey contractors

Last updated 15:03 22/07/2014

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The Invercargill City Council is warning residents to be wary after reports of a man posing as a council contractor.

A resident phoned the council offices today to say she had been approached by a man who said he was a survey contractor working on behalf of the council. The man offered to provide identification and had council pamphlets.

The woman said the man who approached her was "overly friendly", and when asked to leave, he said he would return later at a time more suitable to conduct the survey.

The council survey – which is to gauge levels of service and satisfaction, based on regulatory and community service activities – is being undertaken by phone only and the council says there are no door-to-door inquiries planned.

The survey has been contracted out to a private company. The matter has been reported to the police and council advice is that if anyone is approached they should also notify police or the council.

The survey process began last Monday and finishes on Friday.

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