Consumer who reported the Duquesne Mild rip-off to investigators – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Duquesne City Police say a Duquesne Light customer could be charged after filing a false fraud and employee forgery report.

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They have referred the case to the Allegheny District Attorney for review.

Police said they had verified the worker’s identity with Duquesne Light. They say the first division of the company they spoke to “did not know that this person was lawfully working in our area”.

After reviewing the worker, investigators said they spoke to the client who submitted the report and he then “withdrew his story.”

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They say he admitted the worker never asked for money to keep electricity running in his house. Instead, he told investigators that his Duquesne Light account was actually in default. The worker told him that his payment was due or that Duquesne Light would take action to turn off the electricity in the house.

The police thank the community for their assistance in investigating the case.

Although this worker turned out to be legitimate and the customer could now be charged, they advise people to be careful as there are scammers out there.

They say, “Generally, if someone knocks on your door claiming to be from a utility company, keep your door locked and ask them to show their ID and a phone number that you can call to verify who he is. If in doubt, don’t open the door and just call the police. “

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