Across the country, criminals are sneaking into people’s homes by posing as utility workers that we all implicitly trust. They approach people to tell them that their bills are overdue and then ask homeowners for money. In some cases, these encounters have turned violent.

It’s terrifying because this could happen to anyone. Take a look at the video below to learn more about the horrible scam.

You know the world’s a scary place when you can’t even feel safe in your own home. If anyone knocks on your door and makes similar demands, ask them for ID. If they fail to present identification to you and start behaving aggressively, call the authorities. You can never be too careful.