Port Townsend police warn of apparent scam

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Police Department is cautioning residents about unsolicited door-to-door network upgrade offers.

Police were contacted by three area residents during the past week about people posing as network service employees and saying they wanted to improve internet or receiver connections, the department said in a press release issued Saturday night.

None of the residents allowed the strangers into their homes, according to police reports.

Two of the calls came from residents on Quincy Street and one from a resident on Sheridan Street, according to the release.

Police investigated all three calls but were unable to locate the alleged service employees.

All three callers reported the individuals were wearing shirts with logos that indicated they were associated with major satellite television companies.

One of the residents informed the 9-1-1 dispatcher that a call to the satellite provider that was displayed on the individual’s shirt resulted in the information that the company had not sent anyone to the area and cautioned the resident that it was likely a fraud, according to the police.

City police officers are urging residents to be cautious about letting anyone who claims to be a network service employee into their homes and encourages them to report any suspicious offers they have not requested from their network service provider.

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