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Police seek man who made his way into Waterford Township home after posing as DTE employee

Scammer attempted to steal money from victim

Anyone with information is asked to call the Waterford Police Tip Line at 248-674-2677 or email policetips@waterfordmi.gov
Anyone with information is asked to call the Waterford Police Tip Line at 248-674-2677 or email policetips@waterfordmi.gov (Pexels stock image)

DETROIT – Police in Waterford Township are searching for a man wanted in connection with a DTE scam.

According to police, on Jan. 5 at around 3 p.m. a man approached an elderly woman at her home and identified himself as a DTE employee.

The man told the woman he needed to come inside the home to shut her power off for a short period.

He then stated that DTE would pay her $48 for the inconvenience. Police say the man put $100 on the table and asked the woman if she had $50 to make it even.

The woman became suspicious and told the man she would call a neighbor for advice. He then grabbed the $100 and left the home in a small black car.

The man is described as White, was cleanly shaved with brown hair and about 35-years-old. He was dressed in a tan jacket and with a matching baseball cap.

The scammer was not dressed in DTE employee clothing.

Police are warning people that DTE employees would have an identification and clothing to easily distinguish them.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Waterford Police Tip Line at 248-674-2677 or email policetips@waterfordmi.gov.

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