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Potential scam artists pose as Duke Energy employees in robbery

Sunday, August 12, 2007

On Friday, Brazil City Police Dept. officials confirmed one investigation into a potential scam artist taking advantage of an elderly Brazil resident.

Captain Dave Archer confirmed an elderly woman was approached Thursday afternoon by a man claiming to be a Duke Energy employee measuring homes eligible for energy assistance program while another man waited in a black vehicle outside her residence.

Under the pretext of measuring the home, the woman let the man, who never presented Duke Energy credentials, inside her home.

After the man left, the woman discovered cash missing from her home.

She was unable to identify the two men.

Further details are not being released due to the pending investigation.

Angeline Protogere, Indiana Media Relations representative for Duke Energy, confirmed that several customers throughout the state have been victims to similar cons, but the one under investigation by the Brazil City Police is the only reported case locally.

"We have only one reported incident at this time," Archer said adding that there is no need for local residents to panic. "People just need to be cautious, alert and ask for the credentials of any worker that comes to their house."

Officials at Duke Energy agree with Archer.

"Our employees will immediately identify themselves with proper identification," Brazil Area Customer Relations Manager Rick Burger said, adding that employees do not show up at a residence without a scheduled appointment. "While we have contractors who do home energy audits, they are always scheduled in advance by the customer."

Officials say residents should call law enforcement if they believe a worker is animposter.

Tips on how to spot an imposter include when an individual refuses to present identification, to provide a reason for their visit or to wait while verifying their identity with the company they claim to represent.

To contact Duke Energy about a suspicious worker, call (800) 521-2232. The company also provides more public safety tips on their website, www.duke-energy.com.

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