When Michael Blanc received a flier in his mailbox on Thursday, the retired police detective who now works at Culligan Florida Water immediately noticed some red flags — no address, no phone number, no person of contact.
“A lot of these companies like this, they’ll go out — they hit you hard, they hit you fast, they hit you with a big price tag and then they’re gone,” he said.
Blanc, 60, went on social media to warn others of the flier. He wanted to make sure other people who received the flier did not disclose personal information, such as phone numbers and household income.
“You want to always make sure that somebody coming into your house has the proper credentials," Blanc said. "You can ask them for any licensing requirements, any licensing that they have."
This company’s flier said it offers free inspection. It advertises tests for things like metals and bacteria in drinking water.
In an e-mail, the
City of Cape Coral
said it was aware of the flier. It urged residents to not panic when the business claims the recipients water is bad. Cape Coral said their water meets or exceeds Safe Drinking Water Act standards. This was a statement they sent HelloSWFL in an e-mail:
“This company will tell residents that the drinking water is bad and that a water filtration system purchase is needed. We address this business solicitation during all of our water plant tours and regularly educate customers in the field about this scam. Cape Coral’s Water Production Division produces water that meets or exceeds all Safe Drinking Water Act standards and permit requirements as established by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. “
“I tell people all the time, don’t believe what I tell you — look it up yourself,” Blanc said.
His next-door neighbor, Nancy Offlerbach, said the same thing — do your research. If she doesn’t know who it’s from, she gets rid of it.
“It’s ingrained in you from the job,” Blanc said, who worked 14-years as a police detective. “So you just wanna help people and do what you can to make sure that people are protected.”