Are robbers posing as utility workers? MLGW offers tips on how to spot an imposter

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Could a simple knock on the door turn into a robbery?

A social media post claiming men are posing as Memphis Light Gas and Water employees had many customers worried.

But is it true?

The post said: “Just a head up. Apparently there some guys with stolen MLGW uniforms doing home invasions. If someone comes to the door claiming to be MLGW then don’t answer the door.”

The social media post sparked fear among MLGW customers.

“You always have to be on guard, aware of your surroundings. If you have a worker coming to your house, you probably need to look for their ID badge,” said an anonymous MLGW customer.

Several people shared the post spreading awareness to watch out for men posing as MLGW workers.

One post said, “MLGW already robbing us, now y’all wanna pretend to be the robbers and rob us some more.”

While another said, “Be aware of men posing as MLGW claiming they’ve been assigned to make repairs.”

MLGW told FOX13 that it hasn’t gotten any reports of home invasions by anyone claiming to be working for the utility company but it did offer a couple of tips to homeowners about ways to spot an impersonator.

On its Facebook page, MLGW posted tips on spotting a utility imposter.

The company said to ask for an employee ID.

Outside of an emergency, the company said MLGW employees will not show up at your door without an appointment.

The Memphis Police Department said that it had not received any reports Wednesday of men posing as MLGW workers.