Wilkes-Barre police warn of fake utility workers

By Jon O'Connell

July 20, 2014

WILKES-BARRE — Residents are warned to be vigilant after an incident in which a man impersonating a utility worker visited a Wilkes-Barre residence last week.

At about 4 p.m. Friday, a Hispanic man, about six feet tall in his mid- to late-fifties knocked on the door of a Plymouth Avenue home claiming to be from the water company, according to a police news release posted to its Facebook page.

The man said he was there to check water pressure. The resident allowed the man into the home where he turned on the kitchen sink and claimed he was inspecting the ceiling for leaks.

The man told the resident the water company had over-billed her and wanted to pay her back. He pulled a $100 bill from his pocket and asked for change.

“I don’t have any money in the house,” the woman told him, and the man proceeded to leave in a new-looking blue truck, police said.

City police have asked that all utility workers carry identification cards, and they must show them on request.

“Never admit a potential utility company employee into your residence if you have reason to believe their intentions may be fraudulent,” police said, “Call 911 for immediate police response.”