TAYLOR WXYZ — This time the crook who posed as a DTE worker wore a tan mask over his face and drove a small silver truck, according to Taylor Police who said that con man got away with thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry that belong to a senior citizen who trusted him. Every employee who is out in the field, who is visiting with customers, will carry DTE identification on them," said Lamphear.
If they can't produce it, shut the door, call DTE, call your local police department because chances are that was a scammer. Taylor Police say the elderly woman who was targeted Friday afternoon was only able to give a vague description of the man who posed as a DTE worker Friday around in the afternoon.
The victim said he was white and appeared to be about years-old. He wore a tan face mask and drove a small silver truck. He told her he needed to come in and check the circuit breaker and once he was downstairs with her, he told her to stay downstairs while he went back upstairs and that he would tell her when to turn the circuit breaker back on.
Taylor Police say if anyone encounters the man, they should call immediately. And anyone with information that could lead to a suspect should call Taylor Police If anyone come to your door, claiming to be with DTE, you can help protect yourself by calling DTE directly and asking if the person at the door is there on legitimate business. In recent incidents, DTE has received reports of scammers calling customers demanding an immediate payment or else power will be shut off.
In the past, scammers have also demanded payment via Green Dot debit card, Western Union wire transfer, bitcoin or cash. Customers should verify all information before making payments over the phone, and should learn to recognize the red flags:.
A job offer too good to be true
If a customer is behind on payments, DTE will mail a warning notice, providing the steps to restore the to good standing and continue service. The more aggressive the caller, the more skeptical customers should be. If a caller insists on payment via a prepaid debit card — especially a specific brand of prepaid card — it is a scam. For customers in situations where their identity may be compromised, we advise all customers to call their local police, take advantage of free credit reporting, watch for new s opened in their name and report any unusual activity to us immediately.
Actions Facebook Tweet. DTE offers tips to protect yourself against con artists.
This time the crook who posed as a DTE worker wore a tan mask over his face and drove a small silver truck, according to Taylor Police who said that con man got away with thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry that belong to a senior citizen who trusted him. By: Kimberly Craig. By the time she realized something was wrong, the man was gone with her money and jewelry. Ask for identification.
Pull out your most recent DTE Energy bill and ask the caller to tell you the and the amount due. If you have received a call of this nature and believe you are the victim of fraud, contact your local police immediately.
At the Door Ask for identification. If you are unsure about an employee's identification, or want to verify the nature of the work to be done at your home, call us at DTE encourages customers to call the police if you believe the person at your door is a con artist posing as a utility worker. Our employees never deliver cash refunds or rebates to customers' homes.
Attempt to collect a bill payment. On the Web The web is increasingly being used to commit fraud and identity theft.
Fbi warns west michigan residents to be cautious of scammers
Scammers use e-mail, text messaging and social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. Never give out personal information, including Social Security, bank or credit card s over the Internet to someone you do not know.
If you suspect you have been fraudulently contacted, call us at Copyright Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. News Start your day with 7 Action News this Morning!