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Call utility if unexpected workman comes to door, says REMC spokesperson

Monday, February 21, 2005

Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC representatives don't need access to consumer's homes and if a representative asks to gain entry, someone at REMC should immediately be contacted, said Jill Gilmore, REMC media representative.

The warning follows a report Gilmore received from an unidentified woman who said individuals posing as REMC representatives requested en-trance into her home to check the power supply and wiring.

Gilmore could not release the name of the caller because the caller hung up before she could be thoroughly questioned.

During the brief conversation, the woman on the phone didn't comment on whether anything was removed from her home.

"We never go in homes," Gilmore said.

She said it's possible crew members may knock on consumer's doors to make them aware they are working near the home. "These crews can be identified by an REMC sign on their vehicles and/or other identification that clearly ties them to the cooperative," she said.

REMC is currently in-stalling new meters so consumers can expect to see more representatives in their neighborhoods, she said.

Someone was posing as an REMC representative, she said, "I'm sure it wasn't [one of our employees]."

Although this has only been reported once, she said, "It is a pretty good idea for people to be aware of this anyway."

Gilmore said anyone who has had similar problems should contact her or someone in the REMC office at (812) 384-4446.

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