We recently received this report from a neighborhood resident:
My neighbor told me the following incident happened this afternoon. A supposed utility worker asked to enter her house. She asked to see ID and the worker said she will get it from her truck, but worker did not return. My neighbor also did not see any utility truck on our street. She called the utility company (DWP?) and was told there were no work orders for our entire block. Very suspicious!
This is one of the oldest scams in the book. A crook pretends to be a utility worker, knocks on your door, and asks to see something in the back of the house or the back yard. While you are distracted, the crook’s accomplices sneak into the house and steal valuables.
This scam has been going on for decades all over the country. Unfortunately, some people still fall for it. But fortunately, this local resident did not.
Utility workers rarely show up at your home unannounced. If they do, demand to see ID immediately. If you have any questions, call the utility right away. And if you think it’s a scam, call the police.
Forewarned is forearmed.