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Danbury Police Warn Businesses About Cleaning Scam

DANBURY, Conn. – An unidentified man swindled a local business out of $350 in what Danbury police called a “cleaning scam,” and the department is warning other businesses to be on the lookout.

The con went like this, according to police: The man walked into an unnamed business on Newtown Road on Wednesday and told the proprietor that the “City of Danbury” would levy a fine against the company “if it has not been power washed on the outside.”

The scammer – described as a dark-skinned white male, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing 190 pounds – told the proprietor he could do the power-washing job, Danbury Police Detective Lt. Tom Michael said. The man asked for a partial payment of $350 upfront, Michael said.

The proprietor gave the man the money, and he left and never returned.

The department deals with scams from time to time, but this was new, Michael said. “This is the first time I’ve ever heard of one like this,” he said.

The con man was described as in his early 40s and wearing a brown polo shirt, black jacket, brown baseball cap and holding a clipboard. He did not show any identification, and police do not have a description of a vehicle.

“Business owners need to be aware that this type of activity is occurring and be cautious when someone approaches them in this manner,” Michael said. He plans to reach out to area police departments to find out whether they have received reports of similar scams.

Danbury businesses that may have experienced such a scam are urged to call the police at 203-797-4611.

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