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More Reports of Potential Utility Worker Scams

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FREDERICA, Del. (WBOC) - Reports of scammers going door-to-door posing as utility workers are increasing in Delaware.

Vicki Laughrun said that last week she had a visitor to her home in Kent County.

"He said he was with Delmarva Power. But he never showed any credentials, " Laughrun recalled. "He stated he was going through the neighborhood making sure people had switched over to some kind of energy. I don't know what it was. He didn't really explain. He wanted to see my power bill. I didn't want to give him any of my information, didn't want to give him my power bill."

Laughrun said she knew something was not quite right.

"They would have known what I switched to," she said. "They would have known my information."

Her story might sound familiar. This weekend WBOC told you about what Kathleen Horne said happened at her home in Seaford.

"He wanted to see our bill to compare rates," Horne told WBOC. "We did not want to show him our bill. He was persistent. His name tag was turned around. He had a logo on his shirt which didn't match who he was."

And last week the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control sent out a warning about reports of people asking about energy bills and consumption. The department said there wasn't currently any staff doing door-to-door surveys and reminded Delawareans not to give out information - which is exactly the suggestion Laughrun has, too.

"If they don't have credentials, don't give them any information. If they are showing credentials, call the company they're from to find out."

DNREC adds it's important to report any potential scam incidents to police.

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