37 hours ago

Updated 4 min ago

Energy Scammer in Neighborhood

This afternoon around 3 a woman came to our door. I was at work, my wife was home. This woman apparently had attire identifying herself as being from ComEd, but apparently she asked to see our Peoples bill and was saying something about wanting to make sure we weren't charged for something. Now, we get both our electric and gas bills electronically, etc. My wife told the woman as much and she said she'd be back in the neighborhood tomorrow...

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This afternoon around 3 a woman came to our door. I was at work, my wife was home. This woman apparently had attire identifying herself as being from ComEd, but apparently she asked to see our Peoples bill and was saying something about wanting to make sure we weren't charged for something. Now, we get both our electric and gas bills electronically, etc. My wife told the woman as much and she said she'd be back in the neighborhood tomorrow and that was that.

Upshot, it sounds like a scammer on our block. And while I've read reports elsewhere about scams kind of like this, this is the first time I've heard about it involving someone actually wearing ComEd gear.

My understanding is that they want to see your bills so they can get your account numbers, and then my understanding is that they use the account numbers to do a lo-fi form of slamming where they file bogus paperwork and get your electricity or gas signed over to a different company.

Keep your eyes open, and tell your neighbors.

  • Two people came to my door asking the same thing. I asked for identification and they said they would be back tomorrow.

  • Chandra Lynn Dagley Pre-Medicine Chaser From AP

    Someone came to our building also about two days ago, he was not wearing a ComEd vest or attire (he was wearing a black polo with the Direct Energy logo), my neighbor on the other side of the apartment building answered the bell before I could (he ranged all the...

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    Someone came to our building also about two days ago, he was not wearing a ComEd vest or attire (he was wearing a black polo with the Direct Energy logo), my neighbor on the other side of the apartment building answered the bell before I could (he ranged all the bells in the building, hoping one of us would buzz him in). Instead my neighbor queried him from the front window (we are a suspicious bunch) as I watched from mine. He told us he worked for Direct Energy and he needed access to the inside to ensure that we were getting the correct rates for electric and gas (hmmmm one person to cover both....doubt it). So she asked him if he worked for ComEd or People's Energy and for a second he hesitated like he was going to say yes, but then he said no. She then asked him if he needed access to the basement to read the meters. Again no, instead he told her he needed access to the inside of the building because he needed to see everyone's electric and gas bill statement (alarms going off, uber suspicious). So I told him that if needed to do anything he needed to speak to the building management or the landlord, so I got the management. He basically showed us two laminated "examples" of a power bill with something highlighted that was supposed to present on ours, and if it wasn't present, we weren't getting the lowest rate.... That's why he needed to see ours......etc (flashed the examples really fast but wouldn't let us inspect them). While he was pitching his sell, I googled information about the company on my phone and came up with a wealth of information (rave reviews-probably boosted search engine results, and a lot of reviews identifying them as a scam company) even Wikipedia posted info stating that sales representatives had forged the info gleaned from their utilities statements and locked them into long term contracts on unregulated power rates.... That ended that conversation real quick, and he stormed off to the next house in a huff.

  • When I heard my gate open I looked out the window. They were sitting on my front stairs. My boyfriend and I went downstairs they heard us coming got up and left. Thats when I asked if I can help them. There was one male and one female. He said...

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    When I heard my gate open I looked out the window. They were sitting on my front stairs. My boyfriend and I went downstairs they heard us coming got up and left. Thats when I asked if I can help them. There was one male and one female. He said he worked for comed and asked to see the bill to see if it was up to date. Thats when I asked yku work for comed? Identification. He said oh not comed an energy supplier. He then said no identification he will be back tomorrow. They had lanyards with an name badge but that was it. Never came back. I have been living here for 5 years and that's never happened before. Be safe everyone.

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Peoples Gas - Ruining Neighborhood

I walk around the Portage Park neighborhood and I am amazed at what a disaster People's Gas has made of our front yards. They installed my new meter two months ago but have not fixed my lawn or anyone else's. I have been calling and get no response from them. They tell me the department will call me with an update. The damaged lawns and weeds are making our neighborhood look terrible. Have they fixed anyone's yards and how long did it take for them to come out and do it? I live in the 6100 block of Dakin and just want my yard and my neighbors yards fixed.

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Police: Man Killed In Hit-And-Run Crash In Portage Park

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Updated 26 hours ago

Watch for car thefts in Portage Park

Our 99 blue Honda CRV with manual transmission was stolen last night while parked in front of our house. I guess they're not just stealing catalytic converters anymore.

  • Found the car today! It was ticketed on the 20th for not having a permit sticker for the street it was dumped on. Yep. They ticketed a stolen car. It just came on the website today...one week after the ticket was issued. "The City That Doesn't Work." They stole the...

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    Found the car today! It was ticketed on the 20th for not having a permit sticker for the street it was dumped on. Yep. They ticketed a stolen car. It just came on the website today...one week after the ticket was issued. "The City That Doesn't Work." They stole the front dash where the odometer is, the glove box lock was busted off, and there's a few slashes on the back seat along with some loose tobacco. Must have had a party in the back seat. They took it drag racing cause there's mud on the tires and a cinder block in the back. Might need new rear struts. Can't believe I found it.

  • Yup. That's what happened to my friend, who I wrote about above. What the cops "couldn't" find, bureaucracy did. More concerned about writing it a ticket than whether it looked trashed, out of place and thus, possibly stolen.

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