A new wave of phone scammers have just started conning Lake Norman businesses and homeowners by asking for overdue utility bills.
Scammers are telling residents that “there is a disconnection notice for the power,” and that they will lose their power within the next hour.
They also tell people that multiple notices have already been mailed to the resident.
They claim they are from Duke Energy, but when residents ask for account information, the scammers will decline due to ‘privacy concerns’.
The FBI recommends that you never give out personal information to someone you didn’t contact first, and to be very cautious of any company who uses third party collection services such as MoneyGram or Western Union.
They also recommend buying a call recorder to log an suspicious calls or threats.
If you’ve received any suspicious calls from anyone claiming to be a federal agent, you can file a complaint on the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center – www.IC3.gov