MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Milford police are looking for the man allegedly posing as an inspector with the city’s fire department.
Michael Carrion, 57, is wanted on charges of larceny and criminal impersonation stemming from his alleged scam on Feb. 21 at Frosty Twist in Milford, police said.
“He asked to go in the back and check the fire extinguisher,” said Vitoria Baros, a Frosty Twist employee.
She said the scammer then asked employees to speak with the boss.
“She called him from her phone, and then he goes in the back with the phone,” Baros said. “After a while, he came in the front and said for you to give me 400-something dollars. Then, she was like, ‘Okay, you just spoke to my boss.’ He gives her a paper or something, and then he leaves.”
They later learned it was a scam.
A similar incident happened last year at the Connecticut Post Mall in Milford.
Milford police are also investigating the case of a man demanding money from a homeowner for an “inspection” he performed — a scam that may have been underway for years.
Timothy Suden, the deputy fire marshal at the Milford Fire Department, said that in one case, the man said the following:
“I saw a crack in your chimney, I work for the fire department, and I’m here to make sure it’s all code compliant. Here’s an invoice for $100. I’ll be back the next day to verify and do the repairs myself, and you can pay me the rest.”
Suden said the fire marshal division doesn’t have jurisdiction over single or two-family homes. Fire marshals also wouldn’t just show up to perform an inspection.
“So, we would not be going up to houses to do that,” he said.
An investigation is underway to determine if this case is tied to the two incidents in Milford.
If this happens to you, don’t give them money. Call 9-1-1 immediately and provide police with as much information as you can.
“Try to remember the best you can what the person looked like, so we have as good of a shot at identifying them,” said PFC James Cox of the Milford Police Department.
The Greenwich Police Department also said it has two similar incidents dating back to 2021 that might be connected.
Anyone with information on Carrion is asked to contact Milford police Det. O’Keefe at (203) 783-4750.