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31 January 2015 - Fraud AlertWarning - this news article expired on 2015-03-02. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable

Fraud Alert Power Company Scam

Belleville, Ontario - Police are warning citizens to be wary again of a previously known scam in which suspects identifying themselves as a power company call victims saying their personal or business accounts are overdue and demanding immediate payment.  The suspects can be very convincing.

On 30 Jan 2015 a local business was contacted by suspects advising that their account was past due. The victim business argued that the payments were automatic but in this case the suspects were very slick advising of computer tracking and other banking problems and that the account was currently past due.  

The victim was talked into attending a local convenience store and purchasing loadable credit cards and providing payment to the "Power Company over the phone via this method or they would be attending within the hour to turn off the power in person.  

The Belleville Police Service would like to remind citizens and businesses to use caution if similar calls received. Take time to confirm the information by calling the actual power company back on known or publicly accessible numbers not contact numbers provided by the caller or call a trusted person for advice. 

Further information on scam types and fraud warnings may be viewed at the website for the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at:

www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca