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Low-flow toilet scam

January 12, 2009
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NORWALK, CA — Several residents in the San Gabriel Valley have been approached by individuals claiming to work for local municipalities who force residents to upgrade to low-flow toilets, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
The imposter contractors say that new laws require everyone replace their toilets with high efficiency toilets that use less than three gallons per flush; if residents sign an agreement to upgrade their commode, it will be installed for free, the story stated.
After conning residents into signing a form, the imposters take the form to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to collect up to $165 through a rebate program that encourages, but does not require, residents to switch to water-efficient low-flow models, the story noted.
The elderly have largely been targeted by these con men; investigations for similar claims are being conducted across Southern California, the story added.
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