KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Neighborhood groups are warning residents to be on the lookout for workers claiming to be with Google Fiber, who are demanding upfront pay to prepare properties for the service.
According to Tiffany Moore, president of the Armour Hills Neighborhood Association, a man claiming to be with Google Fiber knocked on a homeowner's door and said he needed the money to cut down trees in her yard so the cable could be laid.
The homeowner said the imposter was dressed nicely and was driving a nice truck, but did not have any identification. The homeowner did not give him any money.
An email warning Armour Hills residents about the Google imposter was picked up by the Good Neighbors Patrol and was forwarded to five other neighborhood associations, according to Carol Johnson, GNP Spokesperson.
In one day, more than 5,000 Kansas City residents were warned about the scam.
"Sooner or later, criminals are going to learn that they just can't walk up to a neighborhood and start knocking on doors and selling something and say, 'Give me some money. I'll trim your trees and you can have Google,'" Johnson said. "No, that's not going to happen much longer."
Homeowners are urged to ask for printed identification from anyone who comes to their door claiming to work for Google.