Beware of Utility Imposters

From Known Scams, by First Energy Corp.

Criminals posing as sales or service people

In this scam, individuals appear at the door, claiming to be affiliated with one of FirstEnergy’s utility companies. The scam artists often work in pairs, are very persistent, and use a variety of excuses to gain personal information or access to your home. In some cases, once access is gained and/or the victim is distracted outside, the home has been robbed.

These criminals may try to distract victims by requesting a copy of the resident’s utility bill, allegedly to “see if you’re getting the lowest rate.” Another tactic reported to police involves a pair of people claiming to be tree trimmers contracted by the utility. One individual walked the property with the homeowner, while the other took items from the home. 

The facts:

  • These individuals do not represent FirstEnergy, our utilities, or subsidiaries. Our utility employees do not solicit door-to-door, and they would not ask you to provide a copy of your electric bill.
  • While some third-party generation suppliers may use door-to-door sales tactics, they should represent themselves as such; not as affiliates of our company.
  • If a utility employee or authorized contractor needs access to your home or needs to review an issue with you, an appointment will be scheduled in advance, and proper identification will be provided for your review.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO

  • Do not allow these individuals into your home, and do not provide them with your utility bill or other personal information.
  • Do not leave your home unattended to accompany an individual who shows up without an appointment.
  • Report them to your local law enforcement authorities.

Individuals canvasing door-to-door to collect information

Customers have reported that individuals are knocking on doors late in the evening, posing as contractors affiliated with one of FirstEnergy’s utility companies. In some cases they claim to be hired by the utility company to inspect the meter or fuse box within the house. 

The facts:

  • These individuals do not represent FirstEnergy, our utilities, or contractors. 
  • Our utility companies are not conducting door-to-door surveys of meters or fuse boxes. 
  • If a utility employee or authorized contractor needs access to your home, an appointment will be scheduled in advance, and proper identification will be provided for your review.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO

  • Do not allow these individuals into your home for any reason. 
  • Report them to your local law enforcement authorities.

At our recent council meeting, Beaver Falls police reported that there have been several car break-ins during recent weeks.

We remind borough residents to keep their vehicles locked at all times, be vigilant of unknown persons in their neighborhoods, and report suspicious activity:

CALL 911

Be Watchful of Solicitors

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A reminder to West Mayfield residents: All solicitors in the borough must have a permit issued and signed by the mayor. This permit must be presented to residents upon request.

All solicitation permits are posted to borough website:  Verify a Solicitaton Permit 

Anyone soliciting in the borough without a proper permit is in violation of the law and should be reported to the police by calling 911.

As per Borough Ordinance 820.01, there is no commercial soliciting, either by pedestrians or by vehicle, in the Borough of West Mayfield without a Solicitation Permit issued in person (M-F, 9am-5pm) by the Mayor

Permitted solicitors are authorized to conduct business in West Mayfield from 9am to 6pm, Monday through Friday.  There is no soliciting soliciting on Saturday and Sunday.

Charitable, nonprofit, political, or religious organizations are not required to obtain a solicitation permit, but they must notify the Mayor of their activities.

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The Beaver County, PA emergency alerts Swift 911 mass notification system is utilized to alert residents regarding emergencies such as fires, outages, floods, hurricanes, evacuations and more. Beaver County Emergency Alerts deliver messages via multiple contact methods including voice, text and email.

The Swift 911 portal allows you to register for alerts as well as update contact information.

For more information, contact Bill Heaton, West Mayfield Emergency Management Coordinator.

Halloween 2015 in the Borough!

West Mayfield Community Halloween Night 2015 will take place on Thursday, October 29th.

Trick or Treat time will be from 6pm to 8pm. The West Mayfield Fire Dept. will provide safety patrols.

Residents are reminded to wear bright colored clothing for safe visibility, to carry flashlights, and to carefully inspect all candy before eating.