WEST COVINA (CNS) - Police today warned of a scam involving billing West Covina businesses for phony inspections of sprinkler and fire extinguisher systems.
Two businesses in the 200 block of South Citrus Avenue were contacted on Jan. 27 by a man claiming to be an inspector sent by the property owners to make sure sprinkler and fire extinguisher systems were in compliance with state law, according to West Covina police.
The man was allowed into the businesses, where he conducted inspections that lasted less than five minutes, police said.
Each of the businesses subsequently received a bill for the inspections in the amount of $325, but the landlords reported that they had not requested such services, said West Covina police Officer Rudy Lopez.
"Follow-up investigation revealed that in October 2013 a similar incident occurred at one of the local West Covina car dealerships using the same ruse where a loss of over $6,000 was reported," Lopez said. A detailed description of the suspect was not made available.
Anyone with information about the case was urged to contact West Covina police at (626) 939-8500.