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UPDATE: NYSEG conducting meter checks, officials warm of scammers

CHEMUNG COUNTY, N.Y. (WETM) - UPDATE (4:37 p.m.): A scam involving a NYSEG impersonator that was dispelled by the Chemung County Sheriff's Office has now been confirmed by Acting Chemung County Sheriff Bill Schrom.

The department said Wednesday morning in an email that NYSEG confirmed an employee was in the Pine City area when a person dressed as a utility worker attempted to enter a home.

Schrom now tells 18 News that the man was likely not with NYSEG and was likely an imposter.

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UPDATE (2/13 10:35 a.m.): The Chemung County Sheriff's Office says that the reported NYSEG scam that occurred in the Pine City area was a legitimate NYSEG employee that needed to read an indoor meter.

The Chemung County Sheriff's Office says homeowners should look for the following identifying traits in someone claiming to be from NYSEG: a marked whited vehicle, leak detection equipment, and a gold Avan Grid picture identification badge.

NYSEG will be doing meter reads following the natural gas explosion in New York City.

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Chemung County Acting Sheriff Bill Schrom is warning residents of a scam in the area where people are pretending to be utility workers to gain access to people's homes.

Schrom says that a resident in the Pine City area encountered a "utility" worker during the evening on Feb. 11. A white male wearing a hard hat requested entrance to her home to check on an issue with "lines in her house." The resident denied entry to the house and the man left in an unmarked vehicle.

NYSEG, Verizon, and Spectrum say no employees were in the area that evening.

To report any suspicious activity please contact the Chemung County Communication Center at (607) 735-8600.


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