Despite the damage caused by the Friday storms and power outages leaving many residents without power, Laurel Mayor Craig A. Moe reminds residents not to open their homes to anyone claiming to be from a utility company.
According to a Friday afternoon report from the city — just hours before the storm that knocked out power throughout Laurel and Prince George’s County — individuals claiming to represent utility provider Baltimore Gas and Electric Company have been knocking on residents’ doors informing them that BGE overcharged them and they were owed a refund.
The individuals request to come into homes to check the gas meter and use the home telephone line and after checking the meter, the individuals say that residents will receive a refund check, according to reports.
Moe reminded residents in a press release that BGE does not come to resident’s homes without notice. They also do not enter homes or ask to use the telephone.
City Administrator Kristie Mills said the city has received numerous complaints, but residents are not sharing those complaints to the police department.
Mills said it is not believed that the individuals are with BGE, but their identity and their motive are unknown at this time.
“Even with the storm damage, BGE workers wouldn’t come anywhere near people’s house to knock on doors,” said Carreen Koubek, Laurel’s city spokeswoman. “The people BGE have in the city are working on roadways.”
Koubek said residents can call the BGE service number at 800-685-0123 and if they feel threatened in any way, to call the Laurel Police Department emergency line at 301-725-3000.