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DHHS: Beware of child protective services impersonators

Darren Fishell | BDN
Darren Fishell | BDN
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services offices on State Street in Augusta, shown in this December 2017 file photo.

The Department of Health and Human Services warned the public to beware of impersonators after an incident was reported in southern Maine.

The warning came after a well-dressed man entered someone’s South Portland home without permission and impersonated a caseworker from Child Protective Services, said Lt. Frank Clark.

Around 6:30 p.m. Monday, the impersonator knocked on a Chapel Street man’s living room door and identified himself a caseworker following up on an anonymous tip, Clark said.

He allegedly flashed the man’s street address on his smartphone, quickly looked around, and then left in a red four-door car, Clark said. He was described to police as an Asian man in his 30s, wearing a collared shirt, khakis, and dress shoes.

DHHS employees carry identification cards which they must present to the public whenever they are working, DHHS spokeswoman Emily Spencer said in a Thursday statement acknowledging the incident.

The cards contain a DHHS logo, and the employee’s name, title, and photo, and employees are not allowed to refuse to show a person their identification card, she added.

No similar incidents have been reported to South Portland police since, Clark said.

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