Scammers are claiming to be with “American Electric Power” in order to collect fees from the victims and threaten to turn off their power.
Who Is It Targeting: City of Columbus, Ohio
What Is It: Scammers are claiming to be with “American Electric Power” in order to collect fees from victims. Scammers then threaten to turn off the victim’s power if they do not pay the fee over the phone.
What Are They After: Pre-paid debit cards, money orders
How Can You Avoid It: AEP does not place calls to individuals to collect fees or demand immediate payment. Please hang up and find the legitimate source. Report phone scams to the electric company or police department.
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For full details of this scam check out this article from the The Columbus Dispatch.