Residents warned of cable television scam |

Residents warned of cable television scam

by Gregory Crofton, Tribune staff writer

A man posing as a Direct Access TV representative stole satellite access cards from two South Lake Tahoe homes on July 20 and a home in Douglas County, South Lake Tahoe Police Detective Mike Dente said.

Access cards, worth about $90, allow subscribers to cable television to receive programming. The man reportedly told his victims that he needed to take their cards to update them. Dente said he left people with bogus cards that were supposed to be operational within 15 to 20 minutes.

“From what I understand these cards can be resold and apparently are used to access the direct system,” Dente said.

Access cards were taken from South Lake homes on Venice Drive and Pinter Avenue, police said.

Victims said the suspect is a white male around 23 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 180 pounds and drives a cream-colored sedan.

Anyone with information can call Dente at (530) 542-6138 or Secret Witness at (530) 541-6800.

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