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November 16, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Beware of con artists posing as tree trimmers

Seattle City Light is warning customers to beware of con artists posing as tree trimmers.

The utility said it received two reports of the con artists using the ruse to get into a house and steal items.  In both cases, the scammers were driving an unmarked pickup.

In one case, one con artist took a resident into the back yard to point out trees the scammer said needed trimming while his partner robbed the house.

In another case, the resident was suspicious and called the utility.

“If anyone comes to your door to discuss tree trimming, ask for identification and check the vehicle they are driving,” said City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco, in a news release. “If they don’t have proper identification, do not let them in.  Call the police instead.”

Residents can call 206-386-1733 to confirm whether a tree trimming crew is legitimate.

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