Uniform fashion show aims to educate public about scams

No one likes to be scammed. In an effort to continue to keep the public aware and informed, UIL Holdings Corporation operating companies, the Southern Connecticut Natural Gas Company (SCG) and The United Illuminating Company (UI), are proud to be participating in a uniform fashion show.

The event is free and open to the public. It will take place on Nov. 6 in the Lord & Taylor court at the Westfield Trumbull Mall, 5065 Main Street, from 1 to 3 p.m., in collaboration with People’s United Bank, the Bridgeport Fairfield, Stratford and Trumbull Police Departments, Westfield Trumbull Mall and Comfort Keepers.

The program is designed to educate the public on how to identify real municipal and private-sector workers from scam artists wearing a fake disguises. All models for this event will be real employees from local police and fire departments, electric, natural gas and water companies. The models will wear their official uniforms and any other certified accessories during the fashion show. Identifying features that validate authenticity of each uniform will be pointed out.

“In recent months UI has seen a range of different scams targeted at our customers,” said John Prete, chief operating officer of UI electric operations and senior vice president of technical services. “Engaging and informing customers on this topic is important. In addition, giving them the tools to recognize scam artists is beneficial to everyone.”

Fred Estrella, a SCG service technician, and Tony Nieves, a UI service technician, will model for UIL’s operating electric and natural gas companies. The program’s goal is to equip residents in our communities with the knowledge and tools they need to recognize potential scams and remain safe in their homes and businesses.

“The uniform fashion show is about creating awareness and giving people the information they need to identify a SCG employee or any other municipal and private sector worker,” said Bob Allessio, senior vice president of Connecticut gas operations.