Police warn of man posing as Met-Ed employee in scam

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

Southern York County Regional Police are investigating an incident Wednesday where a man tried to gain access to a Stewartstown home by posing as a Met-Ed employee.

The incident occurred around 1:40 p.m. Wednesday when a homeowner answered a knock at the door. The homeowner did not open the door and spoke to the man through the locked entrance.

The man stated he was with Met-Ed and was there to change out equipment so that their electrical rate would be locked in. 

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The skeptical homeowner said she would call Met-Ed to reschedule, but the man claimed that Met-Ed had notified them on their utility bill. 

When the homeowner started to call Met-Ed to verify the information, the man left. 

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The man in question was described as a heavy-set Black man with 6- to 8-inch long braided hair. He displayed a lanyard around his neck, but the ID card was blank.  He was driving a tan Honda Odyssey minivan with no markings on it.  The vehicle was last seen on South Main Street in the area of Winter Avenue in Stewartstown. 

Met-Ed was contacted by police and confirmed the incident to be a scam.  Met-Ed will not perform service or upgrades by only using a utility bill for notification.  Also Met-Ed does not normally need access into a residence to perform upgrades, the company said.   

Police said to be cautious with who is allowed into a home and urged residents to educate older relatives of this scam.