Post-disaster Power Scam

After just getting their power back after Hurricane Matthew, local businesses are being threatened with having their power cut unless they pay up.

Who Is It Targeting: Hurricane Affected Areas

What Is It:  Police are warning businesses about fake phone calls from scammers posing as utility companies threatening to cut off power to those who just got it back after the latest hurricane. The scammer alerts the business owner they are late on their utility bill and need to pay immediately in order to avoid a disruption in service. The victim then pays the money “due” via prepaid debit card or wire transfer.

What Are They After: Wire transfers, Prepaid debit cards

How Can You Avoid It:

  • Whether the scammer is posing as a business, bank or power company, always verify the payments are real.
  • Hang up the phone and call the number on the utility bill to verify the payment and report the scam.
  • Never pay with a prepaid debit card or wire transfers. The transaction cannot be reversed and the money is gone.

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For full details of this scam check out this article from Manning Live.

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