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Two fake repairmen enter Spokane home

SPOKANE, Wash. - A homeowner in North Spokane County is warning people after two men, claiming to be DirecTV employees, entered his home. 

Sam Eaton said his TV service had been acting up and that he was planning on calling DirecTV to get the problem fixed. On October 18, a man claiming to work for the company called Eaton and offered to come do a repair. 

"They made an appointment for 10 a.m. the next morning, and at 10 a.m. they showed up," said Eaton. 

When the two men stepped inside Eaton's home, he noticed several red flags. 

"They didn't have a clipboard, work order, tools, nothing," Eaton said. 

Eaton found it strange that one man was wearing a Dish Network sweatshirt. The man told him that his partner worked for DirecTV, and he worked for Dish. Eaton kept asking more questions, which made the men uncomfortable. 

"They said 'we'll just go to the next caller, it must be a mistake.'" 

Eaton said the men then rushed out the door and drove away before he could get a description of their vehicle. Eaton then reported the strange encounter to law enforcement. Deputy Mark Gregory with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office said that's exactly what people need to do if they suspect a scam. 

"We want to know these type of things so we know what's going on. If we don't know about it, obviously we can't look into it," said Gregory.   

Eaton believes both men are in their late 30's and about 6 feet tall.

In early October, two men claiming to be cops used fake badges to enter a home near the NorthTown Mall.