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Phony Utility Worker Targets Seaford Home


SEAFORD, Del. – A couple in Sussex County say a man posing as a Delmarva Power utility worker knocked on their door Saturday night in Seaford.

Kathleen Horne and her husband weren't expecting company around 8 o'clock last night, so they were surprised when they heard a knock on their door.

"The man came knocking on the door wanting to see my electric bill," said Kathleen, who has lived in her Seaford home for a decade.

Horne's husband, who did not want to be identified, says he opened the door. He did not let the man in. He says the male, who is described as a Hispanic man in his 30s, refused to leave their doorstep.

"He wanted to see our bill to compare rates," Horne's husband said. " We did not want to show him our bill. He was persistent. He had a logo on his shirt that didn't match who he was."

This wasn't the first time Horne and her husband were targeted. The pair got a call from a company in New York last month. They were asked to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak card in exchange for a grant. The Hornes were told to pay $215 up front on the card. Horne says they were told that the money would go to the homeless. They never saw a dime from the "grant."

Horne says yesterday's encounter gave her flashbacks. She knew something wasn't right when the man asked for her bill. She says the last scam put a dent in her bank account. She refused to let it happen again.

"[The last scam] cut us short on bills," Horne said. " It impacted our money for Thanksgiving and Christmas."

Horne says the man left their home and went to another home on Garden Lane. They called Delaware State Police to report the encounter. They say DSP came out to patrol the area.

No word yet on developments in the investigation.

DSP remind residents to be careful when opening the door to strangers.

Delmarva Power officials say employees are required to carry a photo-identification card at all times. They say you should ask to see the card if anyone claims to work for them and wants to enter your home. Officials say you can verify their identity by calling Customer Service at 1-800-375-7117.

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