Sheriff Brown is providing the following information in reference to a ‘scam ‘ being perpetuated against businesses in our area.
The business owner receives a call from 866-978-8143 from a person alleging that they were calling from AEP and asking for payments of large amounts, $1,000.00 to $1,400.00, for ‘balance owed’ or, they would ‘cut off’ the power to the business. The first person to speak did not have an accent, but passed off the customer to a woman with an accent…Far East accent or similar and asking that the amount owed be ‘wired’ to ‘powerreloadit’
If you receive this type of call DO NOT PAY! But, call AEP to register the call and ask if, in fact, your business does have a ‘balanced owed.’
While we only have businesses reporting this ‘scam’ households should also be alert to this newest, in this area, ‘scam.’ Probably because of the severe cold weather and snow we are experiencing.