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Monday May 2nd, 2016 2:05AM

Summer scammers target Georgia Power customers

By Alyson Shields Reporter
GAINESVILLE - The Gainesville Police Department has received several reports of a scam that targets Georgia Power customers in the North Georgia region.<br /> <br /> According to Cpl. Kevin Holbrook, the scammers target both residential and commercial customers by calling and requesting the customers no longer send checks in the mail.<br /> <br /> The scammers say the victim should purchase a prepaid debit card and give the account number to the caller over the phone. <br /> <br /> Once the account number is given, the circuit is completed and the victim is out of their money.<br /> <br /> Georgia Power says they do not call their customers to ask for payment over the phone, however, they do have an automated, pre-recorded message that asks the customers to call and discuss their accounts.<br /> <br /> If you feel you are a victim of this or any other phone utility scam, please contact your local law enforcement office.<br />
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