Calgary

Enmax imposter scams Calgary woman out of $600

Calgary police are warning of a new scam involving someone posing as an Enmax employee.

Culprit said he would disconnect victim's electricity if she didn't pay fictitious overdue bill

Calgary police are warning of a new scam involving someone posing as an Enmax employee.

Last Wednesday a man dressed in what appeared to be an Enmax uniform — carrying a clipboard and a tool box — showed up at a home in the southeast.

He pulled out a wrench and told the homeowner he would disconnect her electricity if she did not pay more $800 on the spot to cover her overdue bill.

The woman was very concerned because she has a child who requires medical care with a machine that uses electricity.

She offered the fake Enmax worker $600 in cash and a cheque.

The culprit took the cash, saying he would come back in two weeks for the rest.

He is described as white, between 30 and 40 years old, skinny with short reddish hair.

The victim realized she had been scammed when she called Enmax to arrange what she believed was her final payment and was told her account was not in arrears.

"It is important to note that Enmax does not sell product door-to-door and under no circumstances ever asks for on-the-spot payment at someone's home or business," the city said in a release. 

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