Fayetteville scammers pretend to be utility workers

Authorities say they've received reports of scammers being in Fayetteville for over a week now and want the public to be aware.

Posted: Jul 24, 2018 5:09 PM
Updated: Jul 24, 2018 8:28 PM

Scammers in Tennessee are posing as Fayetteville Public Utilities workers and coning neighbors in the area.

Authorities say they've received reports of scammers being in Fayetteville for over a week now and want the public to be aware.

Marcia Boggs was at her home on Hattie Drive in Lincoln County when someone knocked on her door, claiming to be a Fayetteville Public Utilities worker. 

"He tried to talk me into it and I told him I don't watch that much TV and the channels I do watch, I'm not gonna have cable," Boggs said.

The scammers have reportedly been going through neighborhoods asking people questions about their cable and internet services.

Boggs was skeptical from the start.

"I just thought it was weird he was walking in the neighborhood."

Hattie Drive is just one of the streets that have reported interactions with the scammers. Fayetteville Public Utilities has a last of three streets that have been reported, all of them in the park city area of South Fayetteville. 

Fayetteville Public Utilities made a post on Facebook, explaining how "all FPU employees will be in FPU marked vehicles, wearing FPU uniforms and will also have FPU ID badges."

Boggs said the man didn't have any FPU identification and she just wanted him to leave. 

"Well when someone says they aren't interested, you'd think that'd be enough"Boggs said. "I just thought he's pushy and to me, it did kind of bother me."

Fayetteville Public Utilities is investigating what these scammers are trying to achieve. At this time, they urge anyone to call their office (931-433-1522) if you are unsure of the person who comes to the door saying they are an employee. 

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