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April 18, 2014

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More Attempts At Phone Scams Are Reported By GL&PS Customers

Originally published: 2013-12-24 10:48:13
Last modified: 2013-12-24 10:57:14

Scammers continue to target Greeneville Light & Power System (GL&PS) business customers, and the utility is reminding all of its customers that it never asks for any credit card numbers over the telephone.

During the weekend, would-be scammers contacted a number of businesses, saying they were calling from the GL&PS.

General Manager Bill Carroll said that some of the scammers reportedly threatened individuals by saying that trucks were en route to shut off their electrical service.

Those customers were then asked to make a payment over the phone.

In some cases, Carroll said, the caller instructed customers to purchase a pre-paid credit card then call a provided phone number to give the account and PIN numbers.

Similar scams have targeted utility customers in other areas as well, Carroll said.

He stressed that the utility does not ask for credit card information over the phone, and would never instruct customers to purchase a pre-paid card in such a manner.

"Anything that sounds funny over the phone or anything that seems strong-armed is not us," Carroll said.

Customers with questions are urged to contact GL&PS at 636-6200.

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