Jermyn Police Warn Residents of Possible Utility Scam

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UPDATE: According to Jermyn Police, the individual seen above has been identified as a U.S. Census Bureau Employee and is not suspected of any wrong doing.

JERMYN, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Police in Lackawanna County are warning residents about a potential scam making its way around the borough of Jermyn.

A handful of residents reported to authorities that a man has been knocking on doors, soliciting a utility program and claiming to know the Jermyn Police Chief personally.

The Jermyn police department is investigating reports of a utility scammer soliciting residents, and warning them to be aware. Stating “there is a scammer going door to door saying he is from some company to save you money on your utility bills.

We spoke with Amara Kozlansky who actually encountered this man recently.

“It was a little weird, it was freezing cold and I kinda wanted to like shut my door. I asked him if he had a business card I could take and he said he didn’t. He just sounded very practiced, he didn’t let me talk at all.. he just went into his spiel.”

Talking with Chief Bill Arthur we found out the department received a tip Friday as well, involving a different man.

Residents, like Maryann Reese, who saw the post are a bit worried…

“Yes, it definitely does scare me. We did get the ring because we are nervous about things that go on around right now

Maryann and her husband bought the ring… A video doorbell system, along with other neighbors buying security systems. Though she moved back to the neighborhood because she had always felt safe growing up

“I would never say I ever felt unsafe. I grew up in this town, moved away from a little while and then came back. And I came back here because I always did feel safe”

Chief Arthur wants residents to know he does not know this man personally as the solicitor claims.

Neighbors hope they can continue to look out for each other.

“just be vigilant. Keep looking out for what’s going on, keep looking out for your neighbors, especially the elderly.” Reese says.

If you do come across either of these men… The Jermyn police department asks you to call them immediately.

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