Alma on Alki wanted to get the word out about someone who came to her door tonight – read on for her story:
Someone came to our house (1300 block of Alki) at about 7:15 or 7:30, claiming to be from Comcast. He was holding a clipboard and had a photo ID tag hanging around his neck, although in retrospect I don’t think it said Comcast. He asked if this was the (Alma’s surname) residence, and I said yes. He said they were going to be doing service work on the block next week, and were checking ahead of time to see if there were any service issues we wanted taken care of. I answered his questions, and he left.
We thought it was a little odd, and although we had been just about to go out for dinner, we decided to wait a few minutes so he wouldn’t see us leaving the house right away. As luck would have it, after waiting a few minutes, we walked down the stairs just as he and a woman (both in their 20s) were walking past. :-( She admired the house (it’s one of the flower houses, so that’s nothing unusual), and they got into a silver 4-door sedan and drove off towards Duwamish Head.
At that point, we decided it was just too odd. Unfortunately not in time to get their license plate! I came in and spent about 20 minutes trying to get hold of someone at Comcast to see whether it might be genuine. Comcast told me what I think you’ve already printed in the WSB — 99% of the time, someone from Comcast will be wearing clothing that says Comcast and will be in a Comcast vehicle. They also have photo ID from Comcast.
Thank goodness we have a Dutch door so I only have to open the top half to talk to someone, and thank goodness my husband and grown nephew were walking around in the living room, so they weren’t about to try to come in. Needless to say, we didn’t go out to dinner. :-( I called the police and neighborhood watch folks, and wanted to let you know as well.