FAIRFIELD — The models strutting their stuff on the runway at Black Rock Congregational Church recently weren’t showing off the latest haute couture.

Instead, they were reminding senior citizens what their uniforms look like, so when someone comes knocking on their door claiming to be from a utility company or a cop, they don’t fall victim to a scam.

Hosted Oct. 7 by the church’s Young at Heart group, the fashion show was a collaboration between the police, the church and People’s United Bank. The fashion show featured the uniforms of Fairfield police and firefighters, American Medical Response, Aquarion Water Co., United Illuminating and Comfort Keepers.

As he emceed the event, Police Chief Gary MacNamara told audience members their home is their castle, and they don’t have to let just anyone inside. Even if a uniform seems legitimate and the person at the door shows identification, he said, a homeowner can call, for example, the electric company to verify it sent someone to their house.

“Don’t always be deceived by your eyes,” MacNamara said. “We want to empower everybody to ask questions. We don’t want you to allow someone access to your residence if you don’t know who they are.”

Scammers who are trying to get into your house to steal money, MacNamara said, “They think we’re all stupid. Let’s show them we’re not as stupid as they think.”

MacNamara said people can even ask a police officer for identification. “No one is allowed in your house until you verify who they are,” he said.

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