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Mentor-on-the-Lake police warn of energy scam

Posted at 6:30 PM, Dec 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-14 19:01:28-05

MENTOR-ON-THE-LAKE, Ohio — Police in Mentor-on-the-Lake warned neighbors to be on the alert after two women started knocking on doors and asking to see electric bills. That left personal information up for grabs.

The two women were wearing badges from a company called Life Energy.

Mentor-on-the-Lake Police Chief John Gielink said the women weren’t looking for banking information, but for the account numbers. That would let the women switch people's energy providers without their permission.

“This is truly the time for scams for all sorts of things. Credit cards, but it’s mostly that personal information that you have to keep so protected," Gielink said. "Don’t give personal information. Especially if it’s somebody that comes and asks you.”

The city recently just started a do-not-knock list.

All for-profit companies have to register with the city before knocking on doors. Energy companies are not on that list.

Neighborhoods in Willoughby, Mentor and East Lake were also targeted by the women.