Utility worker imposter visits Spokane homes


by KREM.com


Posted on June 25, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 25 at 8:19 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—KREM 2 News found out that a utility worker was trying to get into Spokane homes. Avista Utilities officials wanted to make sure Spokane residents were aware of the threat.

One Spokane homeowner opened her front door on Tuesday to find danger on her front porch.

“I opened the door and she was very concerned about a gas leak in our area,” said resident Sandy Shore. “She said you know gas leaks are serious and I'd hate to have your house evacuated.”

Shore gave the woman, who she thought was an Avista Utility worker, a tour of her house. Together they checked everywhere for a gas leak.

“We went straight through my house down into my basement. I showed her where everything was. She said, ‘Nope. I don't smell anything down here! So...how many kids are living here?’” said Shore.

Red flags went off in Shore’s head when the stranger wanted to look around the rest of the house and kept asking how old the children were in the home.

Shore said the utility worker imposter could still be loose in your neighborhood. She said she wore a black shirt, black pants and black boots. Shore said she was also wearing a hardhat with the word Avista on it.

Shore said she kicked the woman out and quickly called police. She said she found out there were no gas leaks in any South Hill neighborhood on Tuesday.

“I don't know how long they had been watching the home. I didn't sleep last night. I was obviously a target for someone who was looking for a family,” said Shore.

An Avista spokesperson said their employees usually never make house calls unless there is an appointment first. She also said utility workers are issued a picture ID with their names.

Avista officials said if a customer receives a call from someone claiming to be an Avista representative asking for confidential information, end the call without providing any information and phone them at (800) 227-9187.