Phony Georgia Power worker scamming residents

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, October 29, 2007

GROVETOWN, Ga. --- The Columbia County Sheriff's Office wants you to be on the lookout for an impostor. There were two incidents over the weekend where a man posing as a Georgia Power employee came to a home and tried to talk the residents into a scam.

Investigators say elderly people are the target, and they want you to watch for these impostors because they will steal your money and valuables right from your home.

Investigators say an impostor came to the home of Clifton Weathers in Grovetown on Friday and Saturday (October 26 and 27). Weathers says the man said he was from Georgia Power and wanted to run a cable underground to his house.

"He wanted $100, and I told him if Georgia Power wanted to run a cable they could do it themselves. I wasn't going to pay anything," Weathers said.

Capt. Steve Morris says the impostor's intention is to get the owner outside or in the back of the house so an accomplice can go into the home and steal valuables. Investigators say they usually work in groups of two or three and are often described as white males in their 40s or 50s.

"Fortunately, the residents were aware of their surroundings. They were suspicious and their intuitions were correct. They were trying to lure them outside and they didn't go for it," Capt. Morris said.

In this case, Weathers was suspicious and got the man's tag number and called the sheriff's office.

"And he and this other guy jumped in the truck and took off," Weathers said.

Captain Morris said this year, they've only had a handful of these cases.

"We believe it's only the beginning, and we've had very few cases up to this point," Captain Morris said.

Investigators said the best thing to do is to ask questions, be suspicious, and report any activity to the sheriff's office.

"I feel like they are just preying on older people. That they figure we'll fall for their lying, and I'm thankful I didn't," Weathers said.

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