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Faux 'utility workers' burglarize Woodside home

Sheriff's Office warns residents about masquerading 'workers'

Deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office are on the lookout for a couple of people posing as utility workers making the rounds to assess damage from recent storms.

At a home in Woodside, deputies reported that one of a pair of "workers" distracted the homeowner while the second entered the home and "removed valuables," according to a Feb. 25 statement from the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies are asking residents to report suspicious activity by calling 650-363-4911, and are reminding residents to ask for identification from anyone claiming to be representing an official agency.

Dave Boyce

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Posted by MidtownMom
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 27, 2011 at 11:05 am

A couple days ago, two workers from Comcast (Xfinity) knocked on our door. The third person was standing on the driveway ..

They did show me their badge (but it doesn't take too much to get a fake badge). They wanted to know if we had comcast ... which struck me as odd, since if they were from comcast, they should have known if we had or didn't have the service !

I told them I wasn't interested in continuing the conversation and whatever questions they might have had, I would answer over the phone .. and closed the door.


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm

There is always the chance these were free-lance persons on commission who just go door to door hoping to sign contracts (as if) without having the corporate background info given to them on who already has this particular service. They just go wherever and try their luck. Doesn't make sense to me to handle sales this way, but I think this practice is out there for some services. No way one should let suspicious persons onto one's property or in one's home. Phone the service first and check the legitimacy (if they claim repairs or access is "required") OR refuse the service if you have no need to discuss/don't want to buy anything.
I have a sign next to my front door that says "No Solicitors" in clear writing. When someone questionable comes to my front door and I ask who's there and they give a questionable answer, I just say -- "I have a 'No Solicitors' sign." They can see it there. This USUALLY, nowadays, gets them to leave. If they don't, I would phone police. It IS true utilities persons could conceivably be able to access your outdoor property to access telephone poles/utilities - but you would know this fact in advance (it would have been disclosed when you purchased the property) and you still would not need to open your door or let anyone in.


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