MOUNTAIN BROOK, Ala. (WIAT) — A scam we have told you about before is back in the area and this time it’s targeting local businesses. Mountain Brook police warned business owners last week after a business in the area got a call they thought was from Alabama Power. The call was actually from a scammer and someone from that business gave out their checking account information over the phone. Luckily, that business’s bank helped stop the scammers from getting any money but police and Alabama Power want people all over the area to be on high alert.
These scammers call businesses and say they are with Alabama Power. They say that business has an overdue bill and if they don’t pay immediately, they’ll shut off power. The scammer also says they only take untraceable forms of payment like Moneygrams or a prepaid card like a Green Dot Card.
We spoke with a representative from Alabama Power and he says they only started seeing these scammers targeting businesses in the last year. He says they are purposely calling at the worst possible times, like during the dinner rush at restaurants. “There are a lot of factors there that scammers are using to put the pressure on but folks just need to know we don’t do business that way,” Ike Pigott with Alabama Power said. Pigott says Alabama Power will never come to a customer’s door and demand payment. If you do owe them money, you will receive plenty of warning before they threaten to turn off power. They will also never call you and ask for bank account or credit card information. If you do get a call from Alabama Power and you have any doubts, hang up and call them back at the Alabama Power Customer Service number: 1-800-245-2244.
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