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5:00 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Utility Customers Targeted in Pre-Paid Debit Card Scam

Utility customers are targeted in phone scam.
Credit Chris Campbell

Duke Energy is alerting its customers about a nationwide scam targeting utility customers.  Duke spokesperson, Kristina Hill, says these thieves make calls threatening to turn off the electricity in an hour if the customer doesn’t get a pre-paid debit card to pay off the amount they say is due. 

"They instruct customers to go out to a local store, purchase a pre-paid debit card, and call the scam artist back with the account information for the pre-paid debit card," she says. "What that does is give the scam artist access to immediately drain the funds from the card.”

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