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The man cut off the lock on a customer’s front gate on Tuesday and knocked on the door, claiming he was trying to collect payment for a late bill.

Posted: Jun 5, 2019 11:57 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene Water & Electric Board customers should be on alert after utility officials say a con man has been posing as an employee and demanding payments.

The man cut off the lock on a customer’s front gate on Tuesday and knocked on the door, claiming he was trying to collect payment for a late bill, EWEB officials said. He was wearing a blue polo shirt with an EWEB logo and an orange vest.

The customer said the man demanded they pay the entire fake charge and wouldn’t let them call EWEB to pay over the phone. The customer said they would go to the EWEB Customer Service office to pay in person, and the man left.

He was reportedly driving a white Ford F-150 pickup that had an EWEB Contractor sign on the side.

EWEB officials said while employees occasionally will knock on customers’ doors, a legitimate representative will never try to collect payment at a home or business.

If you have concerns, contact EWEB at 541-685-7000.

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