Fake AT&T Workers Steal From Unsuspecting Customers

According to Fox Cleveland, “fake AT&T workers” are going door to door asking to see customer’s bills and gaining access to their homes. The thieves have a taste for electronic dictionaries:

According to Lt. Thomas Stacho of the Cleveland Police Department, three men claiming to work for the phone company knocked on the door of an an elderly couple living in an apartment on Payne Avenue.

According to Stacho, the men claimed to work for AT&T and told the couple they needed to see the couple’s phone bill.

The couple, who did not want to be identified, tells Fox 8 News they became uncomfortable with the men when they began looking around the apartment, touching items and grabbing the phone so a call to AT&T, or police, could not be made.

According to the couple, as soon as the men left the apartment they noticed an electronic dictionary was missing.

AT&T does solicit door-to-door, but did not have people in the area at the time of this incident. AT&T defends the practice of soliciting door-to-door as “a very legitimate business practice,” and “a service to the customer.” We remind you not to let strangers into your house, and to always ask salespeople to show proper ID.—MEGHANN MARCO

Fake AT&T Workers Steal from Cleveland Residents [My FOX Cleveland]


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  1. matukonyc says:

    I’m sure the thieves didn’t know it was a dictionary, but rather quickly identified the device as being vaguely “electronic” and therefore worth something!

  2. Nicholai says:

    eeek! Now we just sit back and wait for the one that impersonates a repo man.

  3. gnappulicious says:

    wow. unless this couple can claim senility or mental retardation, you have to wonder about why they just let a bunch of random guys who claimed to be at&t (was there a truck outside? were the men wearing uniforms? at&t name badges? SOMETHING?!) inside their apartment. and why would at&t expend so much manpower just to look at a stupid bill which they already have access to in their computer system? i almost don’t feel bad for this couple….

  4. Morton Fox says:

    Note to self: Leave electronic dictionaries lying around. Maybe would-be burglars will fall for that and steal only the electronic dictionaries.

  5. anath47 says:

    I went to an interview here in Chicago to do the same thing for AT&T. The place was suspicious from the moment I walked in.

    On the wall, in steel brushed letters were the words “The Marketing Company”

    The place was shiesty from the get go, I’m not surprised the wrong people didn’t fall into the role.