Seattle City Light has fielded two reports recently of con artists who say they are tree trimmers for the utility. The con artists would gain access into a house and steal valuables.
“In both instances, the scammers were driving an unmarked pickup truck. In one case, some of the con artists took the property owner into the back yard to point out trees they fraudulently claimed needed trimming while the others entered the home. In the other instance, the customer questioned the men and then called Seattle City Light,” Scott Thomsen writes in a release.
City Light contracts with Asplundh, Kemp West and JTS. According to Thomsen, workers and notifiers carry ID badges and work from vehicles marked with the company name.
“Protect yourself from this scam,” Superintendent Jorge Carrasco said. “If anyone comes to your door to discuss tree trimming, ask for identification and check the vehicle they are driving. If they don’t have proper identification, do not let them in. Call the police instead.”
Anyone who wants to confirm whether a tree trimming crew is legitimate can call (206) 386-1733. Representatives are available Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.